CONCERNS have been raised about the illegal use of off-road motorbikes in the Fa’side area.

A police report was presented to members of Tranent and Elphinstone Community Council (TECC) at the group’s meeting earlier this month.

The report from PC Donoghue, of Police Scotland, stated: “The anti-social use of off-road vehicles is on the rise again across the Fa’side area, with Pencaitland, Tranent and Ormiston being particularly impacted.

“As a result, initiative days are being planned to tackle the issue. I encourage all members of the public that have information relating to individuals involved in this illegal activity to contact Police Scotland.”

The report found that, between February 20 and March 18, 287 calls were made to police from the Tranent and Elphinstone area, resulting in 79 crimes being recorded.

Five crimes were recorded for breaching bail conditions.

A total of 35 crimes of violence or anti-social behaviour were recorded, including seven acts of vandalism, six assaults and six incidents of threatening or abusive behaviour.

Twenty-three crimes of dishonesty were recorded, including seven shoplifting incidents and four attempted housebreakings.

Seven road safety crimes were recorded, including one incident of drink driving.

Nine drug offences were also recorded.