Crimestoppers charity is inviting anonymous tips to weed out dangerous off-road biking in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear.

Riding these bikes in public spaces is illegal, causing damage and endangering lives.

The campaign, funded by Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, seeks to encourage local communities with relevant information to step up and assist in curbing this menace.

Information can be passed anonymously via the Crimestoppers website or their call centre.

Fleur Brown, North East regional manager at Crimestoppers, said: "There are rising concerns over the illegal use of off-road motorbikes.

"Complaints often centre around these bikes being a threat to the public as they are ridden recklessly in residential areas, town centres, on pavements, green spaces as well as along beaches – with riders having no concern for their own safety or that of the public."

Kim McGuinness, said: "From investing in drones in the skies to running highly successful policing operations, we are pulling out all the stops to tackle this issue head on.

"Now, with the help of Crimestoppers, we are turning efforts to asking the public for help – any information, big or small, could be crucial to catching offenders and freeing our communities of this behaviour that’s both a nuisance and incredibly dangerous."