POLICE officers patrolling anti-social behaviour (ASB) hotspots in Weymouth issued warnings to people using e-scooters.

Officers were called to Weymouth seafront and Westham Bridge after reports of ASB around 2pm on Thursday.

While on scene police confirmed numerous groups were dispersed, while warnings were handed out to people riding electric scooters in public. A police spokeswoman said: "Patrols were carried out at ASB hotspot areas around the town, including the seafront and Westham Bridge.

"Three warnings were issued for use of e-scooters in public.

While e-scooters are legally available to purchase, it is currently against the law to ride a privately owned e-scooter in any public place in the UK.

This includes roads, pavements, parks, town centres or promenades.

The only place a privately owned e-scooter can be used is on private land.

This is because e-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) so they are treated as motor vehicles.

As such, if they are used on a road, pavement or public place they are subject to the same legal requirements as any motor vehicle.

Using a ‘motor vehicle’ on a road or other public place without insurance will result in six penalty points, as well as a £300 fine and seizure of the vehicle.