FOUR off-road bikers who were stopped by police last year for illegally riding in the Brecon Beacons, have each been fined almost £2,000.

The four bikers travelled to Powys from Birmingham last November, but were intercepted by police in a sting jointly run between Dyfed Powys Police and Gwent Police.

The bikers were caught in the Llangynidr area of south Powys on November 22, 2020, which police said has long suffered from issues with off-road bikes.

They appeared in court last week and were each fined £1,760 and ordered to pay total costs of more than £2,000.

Gwent Police’s Rural Crime Team tweeted last Friday, June 11: “Update from November's cross border operation. Four of those intercepted who had travelled with #OffRoadBikes from Birmingham have now appeared in court.

“Each person was fined £1,760, ordered to pay a £176 surcharge and £85 costs.”

A spokesperson for Gwent Police said: “The operation took place in the Trefil area of Blaenau Gwent through to the Llangynidr area of Brecon.

“Trefil village, quarry and surrounding Llangynidr moor has experienced repeated issues with off-road bikes.

“The land covers our shared border with Dyfed Powys Police.

“Geographically, Trefil village and quarry access road are in Gwent while the quarry itself is in the Dyfed Powys Police area. The moor is also shared between both forces covering both sides of our border, which is why a partnership cross-border approach was essential for success.”