Police have thanked the public for their help after officers seized two off-road vehicles causing a nuisance in Liverpool.

During the first incident, which happened at 4.15pm on Monday in Newsham Park, several people reported two scrambler bikes and a quad bike being ridden anti-socially.

When patrols entered the park the riders drove off with one of the bikes then being involved in a minor road traffic collision.

The rider failed to stop but abandoned the red and white scrambler in nearby Gardners Drive. Officers later discovered it had been stolen from a back yard in Gorseburn Road during a break-in.

Later on Monday evening, at around 7.30pm, reports were received of up to five scrambler bikes being ridden at speeds of up to 60 mile per hour in parkland in the Commercial Road area of Kirkdale.

Patrols and police community support officers attended to search the area and passers-by called 999 to say they had seen a stalled quad bike being hidden in dense undergrowth.

Officers were then directed to the exact spot where the bike was hidden and seized it.

Enquiries are continuing to find the other bikes involved in both unrelated incidents and the people using them.

Inspector Matthew Farmer from the force’s roads policing unit said: “The help we got from the public during these two incidents undoubtedly helped our officers on the ground find these two off-road bikes.

“We believe both were stolen and had been ridden anti-socially causing a real nuisance to a lot of people. We have shown that when we get specific information about where these bikes are, we take decisive action.

“I would encourage people to keep calling the police when they see this kind of dangerous and reckless activity going on, or when they know where these bikes are being hidden, and we will do something about it.”

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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