POLICE in Bradford on Avon are trying to identify the owner of an electric motorcycle whose vehicle has been seized after he was seen riding it dangerously.

The man – believed to be a local youth – was reported to police by residents who alleged he was riding his vehicle dangerously around the town.

He has been seen standing up on the bike and doing ‘wheelies’ with the front wheel raised up from the ground.

The mystery rider had been causing problems for pedestrians and cyclists using the roads, pavements and the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath.

In a statement, Acting Inspector James Twyford, said: “Following reports of dangerous driving around the town, by riders on electric motorcycles abusing the canal towpath and footpaths; we've seized one of the bikes involved.

“A male remains wanted but the bike in question was more appropriately re-housed in our property store.

“We have members of the team who love motorcycles as much as anyone else in the biking community; but we will not tolerate driving which places the public at risk.

“Electric motorcycles of this type are not toys; the seized bike requires an A2 motorcycle licence, insurance and a rider who has enough sense to ride in appropriate places, using both wheels.”