A 15-year-old boy has been given six points on a driving licence he does not yet own after riding an electric scooter at ‘high speeds’.

Police said the boy appeared in court last month after being caught by officers.

They did not reveal any further details of the offence, but has warned parents about ‘the consequences’ of buying scooters for their children.

Electric scooters, which can reach speeds of up to 40mph, cannot be used on roads or pavements and can only be ridden on authorised or private land, police said.

Pc Mike Doherty from Cleveland Police said: ‘These scooters are not toys, and not only can they be extremely dangerous but they are also not legal to ride on pavements and roads and I think many parents aren’t aware of this.

‘Under the Road Traffic Act we can report the individual rider for not having insurance, a license, a number plate, helmet and MOT for the scooter.

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‘This person will then be reported for summons and will be given a minimum of six points on their license or future license and a possible fine.’