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Knowsley Council – taking action on scramblers

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley Council has approved a new plan that will tackle the anti-social and illegal use of scrambler bikes and motorbikes.

Sadly, residents and communities across Merseyside have experiences of the disruption that the anti-social and illegal use 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 on Court Hey Road, Huyton.

For several years Knowsley Council has committed resources in partnership with others to address this issue. In 2019, the council funded a quad bike for Knowsley’s local policing team to use as part of Operation Brookdale, which is Merseyside Police’s response to tackling the illegal and anti-social use of scramblers bikes. The council’s determination to tackle this issue remains a priority and is demonstrated in the implementation of the new action plan.

REPORT IT

Key to the plan, approved by Council Leader, Cllr Graham Morgan and Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, is collaboration with key partners including Merseyside Police and local housing associations.

As a partnership, they will be encouraging residents to share information about where these bikes are being stored.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“We all have a part to play in building safer communities, so at a time when we continue to spend more time at home, you may be more likely to witness where scrambler bikes are stored.

“We understand there may be reluctance to report directly to the police, however, you can report information anonymously to our Crime and Communities Team, your housing association officer or to Crimestoppers. Together these agencies can then take the action we want to see and seize these bikes off our streets.”

DETERRING SCRAMBLERS

Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team will be working with colleagues across Knowsley Council to carry out assessments of hotspot areas to identify ways they can alter environments to prevent the use of scrambler bikes. This includes modifying access points to green spaces or the installation of highway deterrents.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:

“We know that the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler bikes and motorbikes is a blight on our communities. Sadly, their use can have devastating consequences as we have seen recently.

 

“We take this issue incredibly seriously and are committed to addressing it head on. By working as a partnership, we can harness the powers available to all of us. From legal action against those responsible to alterations to our environment, we can challenge and deter those who ride illegally on our streets and provide reassurance to our communities that we are doing all we can to create better and safer communities.

 

“Furthermore, we hope to work with Knowsley’s parents/carers and young people to illustrate the dangers of owning and riding such bikes on our streets and hope we can break the cycle.”

HOW TO REPORT

In an emergency call 999

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

Or report anonymously to:

Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111
Email Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team on Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk
Or speak in private with your housing association officer.