By Tim Stokes
BBC News

Publishedduration5 days agoSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionDemand for e-scooters has surged in recent times

Anyone given an e-scooter as a Christmas gift should return it, a senior Met officer has said.

The devices have proved popular gifts even though privately-owned e-scooters are illegal to use on roads or in public places.

Ch Supt Simon Ovens said buying an e-scooter as a present was "crazy" because they were a danger to riders and others.

"They're simply not built for our roads," he added.

But 8Tev, an e-scooter brand active across UK, Middle East and Europe, disputed this claim saying its e-scooters were suitable for all terrain.