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Day of Action to tackle scrambler bikes in Knowsley

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley’s local policing team have recently conducted a Day of Action to tackle the illegal and antisocial use of scrambler bikes and other such vehicles.

As part of Merseyside Police’s Operation Brookdale, the police response to tackling the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler bikes, officers were deployed to hotspots in Huyton and Prescot, providing high visibility in those areas.

They also attended numerous petrol stations, to provide a visible presence and offer advice to staff members on what they should do if they suspect their petrol stations are being used to refill illegal motorbikes or petrol cans – this includes refusing the sale of petrol or contacting the police online or by calling 101.

Significantly officers assisted Merseyside Police’s Matrix Vehicle Enforcement Team in the arrest of a young male for Theft of Motor Vehicle, Unauthorised Taking of a Motor Vehicle, driving without a licence and no insurance and the bike has since been seized for examination.

A Knowsley Council spokesperson said:

“The illegal and antisocial use of scrambler bikes is a blight on our communities and it’s fantastic to see the ongoing and proactive work of Merseyside Police. These latest results show that as a partnership we are listening and tackling this priority issue.

“Our Brakes On campaign encourages our residents to come forward and share any information they may have about where these vehicles are being stored. As well as sharing information with the police, you can report information anonymously to our Crime and Communities Team. Tell us and as a partnership, we will do the rest and take action to remove them from our streets.”

The day of action follows further success over the last month including:

  • The successful capture of a young male when officers saw him riding a moped with no protective helmet and who ran away from officers when approached. The rider was summonsed to attend Court for riding without insurance and no licence.
  • Officers located and recovered a stolen scooter on the Loopline in Halewood after receiving reports of young people causing annoyance.
  • The seizure of a bike, believed to be stolen, which was being used dangerously. Specialist dog officers were deployed and tracked down the offender who had no insurance and was a disqualified driver – he has been summonsed to attend Court.
  • Seizure of an electric bike being used illegally in the Wheathill Road area of Huyton.
  • The seizure of a quad bike being used dangerously in the Northwood area of Kirkby.

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