VANDALS have stolen signposting on Fylingdales Moor to allow them to carry out illegal activities such as off-road motorcycling.
With no signposting in place it is believed that if caught the perpetrators will claim they were unaware they could not use the public pathways.
Fylingdales Moor ranger Chris Hansell said: “The moor is available to anyone who wishes to visit it and treats it with respect, but a selfish minority believe they have the right to go wherever and to do whatever they please, often causing disruption and inconvenience to others.
“Some thought has gone into their removal as one of the post holes has been filled in.”
The posts, recently installed with the help of the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA), were located near the junction of the Lyke Wake Walk and the Harwood Dale track and informed users that the pathway was a footpath only.
Mr Hansell added: “There are areas on the moor where rare plants can be found and now is a critical time for breeding birds and animals which do not need the stress produced by illegal activities.
“A recent program of work involving the NYMNPA has re-established overgrown footpaths and bridleways to improve people’s access into parts of the moor and so increase their enjoyment.
“There really is no need to try and cycle down the stone steps at Jugger Howe Beck, but I’ve seen people attempt it.”
Anyone who has any information relating to the illegal removal of signposts is asked to contact Police on 0845 6060247 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.