This is the shocking moment a schoolgirl was captured riding on the front of a motorcycle without a helmet.

The footage shows the youngster perched in front of a biker as he rode through Great Harwood during rush hour.

Concerned motorist John Gray recorded the incident on Friday, May 15 at around 5pm and reported it to Lancashire Police.

A camera mounted to his van captured the red, white and black motorbike travelling through the town centre.

It appears to drive within the speed limit and indicates for each turn, but it later becomes clear there are actually two people on it, with the little girl sat just in front.

The dirt bike, complete with learner plates, was followed by Mr Gray until it stopped outside a house and the schoolgirl climbed off.

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Mr Gray uploaded the video to Facebook and it has subsequently been watched almost 70,000 times and has been shared by hundreds.

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said he was ‘shocked’ by the footage.

He said: “When the child appeared I was shocked.

“A 30mph crash with no helmet could lead to tragic injury if not a fatality.”

He added: “Steps must be taken to prevent this reoccurring and send out a message how dangerous this is.

“It’s frightening to think what could have happened.”

Former Great Harwood councillor Ian Robinson also shared the video.

He said: “I’ve seen this kind of thing happen before.

“We need to really crack down on it.

A police spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the footage and are making further enquiries to identify the motorcycle’s rider.”

The Road Traffic Act 1988 states: “On all journeys, the rider and pillion passenger on a motorcycle, scooter or moped must wear a protective helmet. Provisional licence holders must not carry a pillion passenger.”