A KNIFEPOINT robbery has sparked a woman's plea for disused land where youngsters can practise bike stunts.
Michelle Finch, of Caldercliffe Road, Berry Brow, wants anyone with a patch of land in the Newsome, Berry Brow or Lockwood areas to consider letting youngsters use it to ride their trials pushbikes.
The bikes do not have seats and are designed specially for stunts.
Mrs Finch's son, William Steenson, 11, takes part in the sport, along with about 10 friends.
Many more riders, aged between five and 35, enjoy the sport.
Like William, they are members of the Falcon Club, which holds supervised monthly stunt competitions at a Crosland Moor quarry.
Mrs Finch and her mother, Lynne Mitchell, also of Caldercliffe Road, say they are willing to pay for land for the riders to practise on.
Mrs Finch said their budget was only hundreds of pounds, but she is trying to persuade other parents to contribute.
She said the boys desperately needed a place to go.
She added: "The land doesn't have to be big, just the size of a pub car park.
"Wherever they go, the kids get told to go away by residents.
"I understand. I wouldn't want bikers in my street if I didn't know them, because there are bad kids around.
"But these are good kids. They would look after land if they had it, or we wouldn't let them use it."
Mrs Finch said she decided to appeal for land after one of the teenage riders was robbed of his bike at knifepoint by older men in Lockwood.
She said the teenagers needed to be in a central place where they could be safe.
Mrs Finch added: "After the knife incident, enough was enough. We need to know where the kids are.
"There are a lot of them, of different age groups, so they could look out for each other if they were in one place.
"Plus, parents would be there. It would be a family environment. If someone would come forward with the land it would be fantastic."
Anyone who thinks they can help should contact Mrs Finch on email@example.com or 07958684427.