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Illegal e-scooter crushed by police in day of action

An ongoing operation focused on the illegal and antisocial use of e-scooters resulted in a vehicle being seized and crushed during a proactive day of action.

Officers also engaged with the rider and gave appropriate advice after seizing his vehicle in Main Street, Calverton.

Currently in the UK, it is illegal to ride an e-scooter on a pavement.

The only scooters that can be used on roads are those that form part of an approved local authority hire scheme. All riders must hold a full or provisional driving licence, and can face prosecution for motoring offences.

It is also illegal to use a privately-owned e-scooter on a public road, cycle lane or pavement. The only place it can be used is on private land.

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Members of the Gedling neighbourhood policing team used a mixture of engagement, education and enforcement during the day of action, held on 24 October.

Neighbourhood policing sergeant Stuart Howe, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We get a lot of complaints about the illegal and dangerous use of e-scooters as well as speeding.

“As a force our priority is to keep people safe and we continue to work hard to engage with people and make sure they understand the law and the implications of using an e-scooter on a road or other public place.

“We will continue to take appropriate and proportionate action against those who break the law and will investigate reports such as the dangerous or antisocial riding of these vehicles.

“We also believe the use of e-scooters can be linked to other criminality as well, such as drug dealing, and we are working closely with partners to combat this issue and to protect our communities from harm.

“Our work to prevent and reduce speeding and the illegal and antisocial use of e-scooters is ongoing and I’d like to reassure residents we will take appropriate action against anyone caught breaking the law.”

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