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Police warn motorcycle users on canal towpath

Police warn illegal motorcycle use on Linlithgow's Union canal will be dealt with severely.    Photographer-Ian Georgeson

Police warn illegal motorcycle use on Linlithgow's Union canal will be dealt with severely. Photographer-Ian Georgeson

Police Scotland are reminding motorcycle owners that riding on the canal towpath is an offence and those caught doing so will be dealt with severely.

The warning comes hot on the heels of an accident where a male pedestrian was deliberately knocked over by a motocyclist around 4pm on Saturday, June 28 while out for a stroll along the canal bank.

The individual who has asked that we retain his anonymity, was walking toward the bridge at Wilcoxholm Farm when a motor bike drove through at speed.

The path is narrow at that point and the walker put up his hand to indicate to the rider to slow down, but instead he opened the throttle and deliberately hit the gentleman with his shoulder knocking him to the ground.

The driver of the bike then looked over his shoulder, but instead of stopping sped off.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “Police received a complaint of anti-social use of a motorbike on the canal path near Linlithgow at 4pm on Saturday 28th June. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the driver of a green coloured motorcycle with no rear number plate.

“Anyone with further information can call police on 101.”

 

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