RESIDENTS of Kirriemuir are being urged to dig out old, unwanted mountain bikes for a project which will benefit youngsters in the town.

The community project aims to bring together local teenagers to refurbish mountain bikes which are no longer being used.

Constable Pam Colvin, Community Liaison Officer with Tayside Police, is working in partnership with community learning and development officers and a group of youngsters on a project to “re-cycle” the bikes.

She said: “We are going to get a group of young people to do up old mountain bikes. We are hoping to get the fire brigade on board to talk with the young people about personal safety.

“We would ask the public in Kirriemuir to check their sheds to see if they have any old mountain bikes which are surplus to requirement, and if they fancy donating them to this cause.

“We do have a lack of bikes at the moment. We are also looking for a community area where we can carry out this work and are just in the early stages of planning.

“Once the bikes are fixed up we are looking to have a pool of mountain bikes to be used by the community.”

Eventually Pam, along with Constable Alan Bell, the landward community liaison officer, and learning and development staff hope to take youngsters of high school age out on bike runs in the area, on the bikes they have refurbished.

Anyone with a mountain bike which is no longer being used is asked to contact Constable Colvin at Kirriemuir Police Station, or Gordon Grewar, community learning and development at Fairlie House.