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Officers across Merseyside will beputting the brakes on thecriminal and anti social use of scrambler bikes in six-week summer crackdown across the county.

In the last year it has become increasingly apparent that many of the riders of these bikes have a complete disregard for decent, law-abiding members in their communities. And with summer round the corner and the arrival of light nights there is a likelihood that riders of these bikes may be tempted to ride them more often, causing further disruption and misery to our communities.

Operation Brookdale will centre on areas across Merseyside where communities have suffered from the illegal and anti social use of scrambler and quad bikes. Particular attention will be paid to roads, parks and any land to which the public have access and identified by communities as hotspots for riders involved in the illegal,or anti social use of scramblers.

Neighbourhood officers in all of the Basic Command Units (Liverpool North, Liverpool South, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley) will be supported by officers from the specialist Matrix team, Roads Policing Department, Vehicle Crime and the mounted and dog sections.

During the operation the following activity will take place:

•High visibility police patrols,including officers on scramblers and quad bikes,on roads, parkland and other public spaces
•Plain clothes patrols
•the use of locally gathered intelligence to target places where illegal bikers are known to ride
•Enforcement of traffic law on the highway to restrict the activities of legal riders on our roads
•Education in the schools about the dangers of these bikes and the laws surrounding their use
•Visits to petrol stations by officers and PCSOs. There are concerns that young people using these bikes illegally are able to get petrol to use the bike, and officers will be asking petrol stations to support the police in not allowing anyone under 16 to buy fuel

Chief Superintendent Nikki Holland, Area Commander for Sefton, said: “Merseyside Police will not tolerate the illegal, or anti social use of scrambler, or quad bikes.

“Sometimes the riders of these bikes don’t understand the consequences for local communities and the harm that the use of these bikes can cause.

“In the wrong hands these bikes are potentially lethal and people need to understand the legislation in relation to the legal use of these bikes, and the potential consequences of driving these bikes irresponsibly.”

She continued: “Working together with local people and partner agencies, we are determined to tackle riders who are blighting our neighbourhoods. Our communities should be reassured that Merseyside Police is working hard to take nuisance vehicles and and the criminals who use them off our roads.

“Anyone who takes to the roads illegally and poses a danger to pedestrians and other motorists on our roads, risks losing their licence and if their reckless driving results in injury or death they will face a prison sentence. My message to these people is Ask yourself – is it worth the risk?”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Environment, said: “We fully support initiatives like this which aim to stamp out the illegal or anti-social use of scrambler bikes across the borough.

“Often people who use such bikes have no regard whatsoever to the communities they are disrupting and this needs to stop. By running a major operation like this, it will let local communities know this type of behaviour is not acceptable and many different partner agencies are all committed to tackling it.”



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