Mini-motos in Lancs seized by police

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Mini-motos in Lancs seized by police

SIX mini-motos that were being used anti-socially have been seized by police in West Lancashire in the past two months.

The bikes were seized across Ormskirk and Skelmersdale as part of an ongoing operation to tackle motorcycle nuisance in the area.

Sgt Paul Moseley from the Ormskirk and Burscough neighbourhood policing team said: “Bikers who ride around West Lancashire in a dangerous and anti-social manner risk having their bike seized or crushed – under police powers .

“Residents have told us that they are concerned about quad bike and mini-moto nuisance and we are taking direct action.

“The vast majority of riders abide by the law but we find there are a small minority who ride their bikes with no insurance and don’t comply with safety regulations.

Such nuisance will not be tolerated and we will take action against anyone found to be breaking the law.

“We will continue to work with residents and the council to tackle this issue and keep West Lancashire a safe place.”

Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 allows the police to confiscate motorcycles from anyone who rides their bike illegally and in an inconsiderate or careless manner.

Councillor David Sudworth, West Lancashire Borough Council portfolio holder for Community Safety, said: “The Council works with the police to tackle bikers who make a nuisance of themselves. Seizing these bikes will act as a  warning to others that they must comply with the law and not behave in an anti-social manner while riding their quad or mini-moto bikes.”

Anyone who wishes to ride an off-road bike, a quad bike or go-ped should ensure they have public liability insurance. Anyone who wishes to ride their bike on the roads must also make sure their vehicle is registered, taxed and has a valid MOT certificate.

Local mini-moto rider, Mike Carter, who is the founder member of Southport mini-moto said: “mini-moto’s are great fun when used on a propper track with the right clothing and helmets on”

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If you want to report quad bike or mini-moto nuisance, phone the police on 101.


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