Police are tackling teenagers caught riding electric scooters carelessly.

Warning notices have been handed out to two teenagers as part of an operation by Borehamwood and Elstree Safer Neighbourhood Team.

A 14-year-old boy was caught riding an electric scooter in Shenley Road on July 31, while a 13-year-old boy was found to be riding one on Brook Road on August 5.

Both boys have been issued with Section 59 warnings, which are given out for driving carelessly or in a way that causes distress to the public and can result in the vehicle being seized or crushed.

PCSO Sam O’Grady from the Neighbourhood Team said: “We have had several complaints from members of the public about electric scooters being ridden illegally on public footpaths. We have been working with Hertsmere Borough Council’s environmental health officers and have carried out high-visibility and covert patrols, to catch young people riding anti-socially.

“We can also issue warnings to riders for having no licence, no insurance or driving inconsiderately. If they are caught again, their bike will be seized and crushed.

“It is illegal to ride motorbikes or mopeds in a careless or inconsiderate manner or cause the public alarm, distress or inconvenience. They need to be adequately taxed and insured —parents should be cautious when buying these machines for their children as they can be dangerous and costly.”