Police have issued a warning to motorists not to drive off-road as part of a bid to tackle the illegal use of vehicles within forests.
Officers are working with the Forestry Commission to crack down on drivers who ride motorbikes and quad bikes in forests, endangering members of the public using them.
PC Malcolm Kinross said: “Walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and other members of the public should be free to enjoy the forests without fear of coming into contact with a vehicle being driven off road.
“Riding motorbikes or any other vehicle off road without permission from the landowner is illegal in Scotland and the driver could be charged with road traffic offences and be fined. Persistent offenders could also risk having their vehicle seized.
“Here in the north-east we benefit from having beautiful forestry areas which, through organisations such as the Forestry Commission, encourage the public to use woodlands and enjoy them responsibly.
“If you see any vehicles being driven off-road please contact Police Scotland on 101. If you can, try to report as much detail as possible including location, registration, colour of vehicle and detail of the driver/rider’s clothing.
“Information can also be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”