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Community response key to tackling scrambler bikes

by Jonathan Kearney

Confidential intelligence provided by the local community has led to the seizure of scrambler bikes in Kirkby.

Information provided directly to Merseyside Police by local residents helped identify where a scrambler bike was being stored that had been causing numerous ASB issues around Kirkby.

Community Inspector for Kirkby, Andrew Robinson said: “We’re really pleased that members of the community have come forward to help us tackle a problem that we know full-well makes the people in Knowsley feel not only unhappy, but also fundamentally unsafe.

“We work closely and tirelessly with our partners, including Knowsley Council, to pursue offenders who persist in supplying, storing, and riding scrambler bikes. Our most important partner though is always the community themselves.  With intelligence like this we can rid the streets of these bikes – which we know are often used to commit serious crimes, and pose real risk to road users and pedestrians alike.

“We’re determined in our efforts to remove them, and with the public’s help, we can.”

Working with key partners including Merseyside Police and housing associations, Knowsley Council’s Brakes On Scramblers campaign encourages communities in Knowsley to work together and report where scrambler bikes are being stored.

The Brakes On campaign forms part of Knowsley Council’s action plan aimed at tackling the criminal and illegal use of scrambler bikes and motorbikes in our communities. The plan aims to pool the resources and powers available to all partners. This includes taking legal action against those responsible to alterations to our highways and greenspaces.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Information from the community about where scrambler bikes are being stored is key to tackling the anti-social and illegal use of scrambler bikes in Knowsley. Scrambler bikes are a nuisance and a danger to our residents. As part of our Brakes On campaign, we are urging people to help us tackle the reckless use of scrambler bikes in our communities.”

If you know where scrambler bikes are being stored in our borough, report it:
In an emergency call 999

To report to Merseyside Police call 101 or visit www.merseyside.police.uk

Or report anonymously to:

Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team by emailing Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk

Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111

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.