TEENAGE motor- bikers hurtling through a Dalton wood are a danger to walkers, say protesters.
Young riders on powerful quad and scramble bikes are plaguing Dalton and Rawthorpe on their noisy machines.
Melvin Wade, 54, of Brownroyd Avenue, Rawthorpe, is calling on the police to crack down on the reckless behaviour.
He estimated that once a six-strong gang rode at 30mph along the network of pathways on tree-covered Kilner Bank, Dalton.
"They have no insurance. What's going to happen with compensation to anyone who gets hurt or killed?" he asked.
Mr Wade and his wife Sue, 51, said young tearaways had been roaring around school fields, up and down Kilner Bank and Dalton cricket ground for the past two years.
Mr Wade confronted one of the riders this week and warned he would call the police.
"He said `see if I care; they're a joke'," said Mr Wade.
The bikes can be heard at all times of day.
"The noise is terrible. We get it constantly in the summer during the evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday," said Mr Wade.
"When I ring the police I hold the phone up and they can hear the engines down the line."
Mr Wade said one rider was just 12.
"A 12-year-old boy isn't fit to be riding a motorbike."
Police Sgt Andy Addy said nine bikes had been confiscated in Kirklees since May and 33 warnings handed out.
"Whenever we are able we will try to get out and educate these kids," he said.
He said riders could be breaking a number of offences including riding on roads without a helmet, driving on public land, riding without insurance and causing a nuisance.