POLICE are reminding those taking part in 'real life Mario Kart' it is no joke after being spotted by Droitwich drivers earlier this week.

Two youths on go-karts were seen driving on the road and turning into Westwood Road, toward the Westlands estate, with a picture posted to social media causing a big reaction on Thursday night.

In the comments on the Spotted Droitwich post a number of people compared it to the popular Nintendo Mario Kart go-kart racing computer games, but while some saw it as a joke many highlighted the dangers.

PC Richard Rees, of the Droitwich West safer neighbourhood team, said: "These go-karts aren't road legal, various offences will have been committed, and it is endangering the people on the go-karts and also other motorists.

"It is crazy. We have been asking around the Westlands estate to see if we can find out who it is.

"They look like professional karts, so I think someone will know who is riding them. They could easily be stored at someone's address, or someone has brought them along to drive, so someone will know something.

"It is no laughing matter.

"If anyone has any information who has been riding them on the road, get in contact with us."

Anyone with information is asked to call Droitwich West police on 101. Any dash cam footage can also be sent to the force's website, westmercia.police.uk.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

Under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, for a vehicle to drive on a public road it must meet the appropriate braking distances, include correct instruments such as lights and indicators, and have number plates, insurance and tax.

It is also required to have something covering the engine, a windscreen and windscreen wiper even if the driver is wearing a helmet, mirrors, an exhaust or emission control system and appropriate bumpers.