POLICE officers from Stockton Neighbourhood Team have noticed an influx of teenagers using E-scooters in Thornaby dangerously.

The E-scooters are being ridden in the town centre, Mandale and Victoria ward areas of Thornaby since the festive period and police are concerned over the dangerous manner in which they are being used.

A number of youths have been sighted weaving in and out of traffic on busy roads on privately owned E-scooters, with no helmets or lights on.

Stockton Neighbourhood Inspector Jon Willoughby said: “There have been a number of incidents whereby youngsters have been seen using E-scooters in a dangerous manner and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt.

“Parents need to stress to their children that the scooters should only be ridden responsibly and they need to educate their children on safety measures before they are allowed to use them.

“These types of scooters should not be used on public roads or paths and should be used on private land only, with the land owner’s permission.

“Riding them in a public place in such an irresponsible manner is extremely dangerous and is not only putting the riders at risk, but members of the public as well.

“Officers have identified a number of youths responsible for this behaviour and will be visiting their parents.

"E-scooters are classed as mechanically propelled vehicles and, as such, not adhering to the correct legislation can result in offences being committed.”

For further guidance on e-scooters, please visit: www.askthe.police.uk