AN OUTDOOR gym is to be fenced off after a teenager was seriously injured in an incident involving a motorbike in the area.

The outdoor facility at Shakerley, Tyldesley, popular with young children, is to be fenced by the council as a matter of urgency.

This comes after the incident on Sunday last week (February 14) as emergency services were called to York Avenue.

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) reportedly said that a teenage boy had suffered a "serious leg injury" after coming off a motorbike.

Residents say the area at York Avenue has been plagued with illegally ridden off-road quadbikes and motorcycles for many months and fear for their children’s safety.

It is believed another incident involving a youngster and a quad bike occurred a few months ago.

Tyldesley councillor Nazia Rehman has held urgent discussions with senior officers at Wigan Council community resilience team and Greater Manchester Police.

It was agreed to fence the outdoor gym, which was provided by Tyldesley councillors a couple of years ago.

Cllr Rehman said: “I have been contacted by numerous Shakerley residents expressing serious concerns about the safety of children using the outdoor gym and I welcome the council’s quick and decisive response.

"A site visit to arrive at a design for the scheme will be conducted in the next few days and I look forward to the peace of mind the fence will hopefully provide for parents.

"The police have ways of dealing with illegal off-road vehicles being driven on the common and I urge residents to report any instances to them on 101.”