OFF-ROAD bikers are being warned to stay out of a Moray wood popular with walkers.
The Crooked Wood in Lhanbryde is being used by motorcyclists, leading to complaints from local residents about the annoyance being caused by their activities.
Police are now appealing for motorbike riders to avoid using the paths and tracks within the wood.
Constable Paul Thompson from Fochabers’ local policing team is urging people not to ride their machines through the Crooked Wood for a number of reasons.
"The wood is popular with walkers, dog walkers, joggers and children at play and there is considerable scope for injuries to occur owing to the presence of these machines in the wood," he said.
"I would also add that the noise from these off-road machines carries for a considerable distance and can ruin the evening for people trying to relax in their own homes nearby."
Police say they are stepping up patrols of the area and riders will be spoken to and educated about their actions and the effects on others.
Should the bikers fail to take heed of the warnings, they face being reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
Constable Thompson added: "We are not trying to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the Crooked Wood; we are just trying to keep Lhanbryde the safe and pleasant village the community would like it to be."