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Kids as young as four on scramblers and quads 'threatening' says TD

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Four and five year old children are terrorising communities on quad and scrambler motorbikes, the Dáil has heard.

Sinn Féin Dublin North West TD Dessie Ellis said public property is also being damaged by children driving dirt bikes and scramblers in his constituency.

"In many of our towns and estates you can see quads, dirt bikes and scramblers which are repeatedly being used by some as young as four or five to threaten people and cause a lot of other problems for the local communities," Mr Ellis said.

"Most people are responsible in their use of these vehicles but in some cases they are used in an anti-social way to torment communities and damage public property," he added.

He said the issue is constantly being raised by community groups and councillors in his constituency. He said gardai are struggling to deal with the issue due to a legislative anomaly.

Sinn Fein tabled a motion seeking to give gardai increased powers to stop people driving scramblers and quads in public areas.

The bill was accepted by the Dáil and went through to second stage.