POLICE officers are trying to trace the owner of a stolen quad bike.

The quad bike was recovered by officers near Tidworth on Monday (January 4).

At around 4pm, one of Wiltshire Police's officers was following what was believed to be a stolen quad bike along the A3026 which leads from Tidworth to Wellington Academy Secondary School, Ludgershall.

It turned off into Eden Road and onto the un-named track leading up to Sweet Apple Farm.

The rider then ran off into a small copse at the end of Eden Road and is believed to have headed in the direction of the A338 along the tank track.

Police say he was not wearing a helmet and was dressed in dark trousers and a navy anorak with the hood pulled up. He was approximately 5ft 10ins tall and of very slim build.

The black quad bike was not displaying any registration plates.

PC Sharon Duggan said: "We'd like to speak with anyone who may have been in the area at this time and has dashcam footage from either direction to or away from Wellington Academy towards Tidworth. Also, if any members of the public in the Eden Road area had any sightings of this person please come forward.

“Whilst we are pleased to have removed an illegal vehicle from the roads we are keen to reunite the quad bike with it’s rightful owner and would appreciate anyone with any information to contact us."

Anyone with information call 101, quoting crime reference number 54210000793. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.