Further arrests and recoveries as clampdown on dangerous scrambler bikes continues


Merseyside Police can confirm four more people have been arrested and two suspected stolen motor bikes have been recovered as part of the on-going crackdown on the dangerous and anti-social use of scrambler bikes.

A 17-year-old male from Kirkby and an 18-year-old man from Croxteth were arrested yesterday, Tuesday, 31 March after further warrants were executed.  Both have been questioned by officers and released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Today, Wednesday, 1 April, two males aged 17 and 18 years from Kirkby have been arrested in connection with the on-going operation and have been taken to police stations on Merseyside where they will be questioned by officers.

Specialist officers have also recovered two suspected stolen bikes from the canal in Kirkdale today after information was received from the public that a number of vehicles had recently been dumped there.

Further searches of the canal and the surrounding area will be carried out over the coming days and an investigation into the full circumstances surrounding all these incidents is continuing.

The further arrests and separate recoveries come just six days after 16 people were arrested and 28 bikes were recovered after warrants were executed last Thursday, 26 March at a total of 16 addresses and two storage facilities.

A total of 34 bikes have now been recovered over a series of warrants.


Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roy said: “We have now arrested a total of 20 people as part of our crackdown on scrambler bikes which are being used in a dangerous or an anti-social way.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the public for the support they have shown for this action so far and to reassure them that further work will be taking place over the coming weeks.

“We know that scrambler and quad bikes which are used dangerously or anti-socially are a big concern for many communities on Merseyside and we are absolutely determined to show that we are listening to what people are telling us and taking decisive action to tackle the problem.

“The public are our eyes and ears and are playing a vital role in helping us to clampdown on these bikes.  I’d appeal to anyone who has information about who is riding them or where they are being stored to contact us as soon as possible.  Hopefully today’s further positive results show that we will act swiftly on all the information we receive.”

People can call officers on the 101 number or pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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