Photo: Sir Jon Murphy (Courtesy of liverpool Echo)
The Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Sir Jon Murphy, has been given a prestigious award by the British Horse Society following the force’s work to crackdown on the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler bikes.
The force runs Operation Brookdale every year and, over this Summer, 140 bikes were seized after being ridden in an illegal and/or anti-social manner and more than 60 people were arrested.
The British Horse Society has made the award to recognise the success of the operation in improving access for horse riders to open spaces across Merseyside and making sure that bridle paths are safe for them to use.
The award has been collected on behalf of Sir Jon by Superintendent Dave Charnock at a ceremony in London this afternoon, Friday, November 7.
Superintendent Charnock said: “We know that the anti-social and illegal use of scrambler bikes blights the lives of many people on Merseyside and Operation Brookdale is all about listening to the community and taking pro-active action to respond to peoples’ concerns.
“This is the third year we have run the operation and the vehicle seizures and arrests have made a real difference to the safety of roads, footpaths and green spaces across the area.
“I’m very proud to receive this award on behalf of the Chief Constable. It symbolises the hard work of officers to make Merseyside a safer place for both equestrians and the whole community.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I am very happy indeed to see this award being won by Merseyside Police and I would like to congratulate the Chief Constable Jon Murphy and all those involved – a real tribute from the British Horse Society.
“Operation Brookdale has been a really effective initiative in removing nuisance bikes from our communities, making hotspot areas safer for everyone who uses the bridleways and off-road routes, in this case particularly horse riders.
“This operation demonstrates the degree to which the Force listens to the concerns of all the communities of Merseyside and take action to put a stop to anti-social behaviour and crime and I am delighted this has been recognised by the British Horse Society today.”
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