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Putting the ‘Brakes On’ scrambler bikes

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley Council has launched the Brakes On campaign, aimed at tackling the anti-social and illegal use of scrambler bikes and motorbikes.

Working with key partners including Merseyside Police and housing associations, the purpose of the campaign is to encourage Knowsley communities to work together and put the Brakes On Scramblers by reporting where they are being stored.

Ian Willman, Head of Community Safety at Knowsley Council 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 Brakes On campaign encourages our residents to come forward and share any information they may have about where they are 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 we can take action to remove the bikes that are being used illegally from our streets.”

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, the partnership can challenge and deter those who ride illegally on our streets and provide reassurance to our communities that everything is being done to create better and safer communities.

Amanda Newton, Executive Director of Customer Insight, Livv Housing Group said: “It’s crucial that all partners within the Borough work together to pool our knowledge and insight and address the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler bikes in our communities. By tackling this issue together, we can continue to ensure that our communities are safe places to live.

“Knowing where these bikes are being stored is critical in supporting the authorities to remove them from our streets.  You can report anonymously to Merseyside Police or Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team and partners from across the Borough will continue to act on the information you share to make our neighbourhoods safe and great places to live.”

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

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.