Thanks to community intelligence shared with Merseyside Police, a scrambler bike has been seized, removing it from our streets.
Following information shared by local ward councillors, members of the Crime and Communities Team and residents living in the Simonswood Lane area of Kirkby regarding scrambler bikes being ridden anti-socially on the Eddie McCardle Playing Fields, Kirkby’s local policing team identified a nearby address where a bike suspected of being involved was being stored. Officers attended the address where a scrambler bike was seized and an 18-year-old man was arrested.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “Sadly, residents and communities across Merseyside have experienced the disruption that the anti-social and illegal use of scrambler bikes and motorbikes can cause.
“Unfortunately, Knowsley is no exception, and many will be aware of the recent devastating incident that saw the death of a young woman in Court Hey Road, Huyton.
“The Council and local partners have come together to tackle this issue and we launched our ‘Brakes On’ campaign, encouraging residents to come forward with information about where bike are being stored and who is riding them.
“I hope that this recent seizure and arrest demonstrates how this issue can be tackled if communities come forward and tell us where these bikes are being stored. In this instance communities shared information with police directly, however we understand there can be a reluctance to do this – if this is the case you can contact our Crime and Communities team or your local housing officer. Together we are able to use this information and remove these bikes from communities.”
Knowsley Community Policing Chief Inspector, Duncan Swann, said: “We are an intelligence led organisation and rely on the information shared with us by the community. We urge anyone with information about where illegal vehicles, such as scrambler bikes, are being stored to report it and be assured we will investigate these reports, and where possible take action.
“This recent seizure is a great result for the Kirkby community and sends a clear message to those who use scrambler bikes illegally that we will take action.”
Following the seizure, Knowsley’s Crime and Communities team will follow up with a reassurance visit in the area where they will continue to build relationships with residents.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Knowsley Council understand residents may have questions about scrambler bikes, namely what is and isn’t the illegal use of them. Click here for a list of FAQs that address this.