Officers from Merseyside police are hailing another successful summer crackdown on dangerous scrambler bikes and off-road bikes, with 176 seized and a total of 59 people arrested as part of this year’s Operation Brookdale.

The campaign, which has been running since the start of July, is dedicated to putting the brakes on people who use off-road bikes in an illegal, dangerous or anti-social way.

It has become apparent over the last few years that many riders don’t give a second thought about the consequences of their actions and the misery they bring to decent, law-abiding members of communities across Merseyside.

As a result, Operation Brookdale has been concentrating on areas where people have told us they are suffering because of the way scrambler and quad bikes are being ridden and used.

The operation has included high visibility police patrols, the use of information from the community to target known hot-spots, education in schools and visits by officers and PCSTOs to petrol stations.

Superintendent Jenny Sims has led the operation. She said: “We are delighted with the success of this year’s operation. 176 bikes which are believed to have been stolen or used anti-socially have been taken off the roads and Merseyside is undoubtedly a safer place as a result.

“The number of bikes seized during this year’s operation should mean that our communities are subjected to less incidents like this one in the future and I also hope it makes people who use off road bikes illegally or anti-socially think very carefully about their behaviour.”

She added: “Despite these successes however, we are not complacent. We know that many communities continue to be blighted by scrambler bikes being ridden dangerously and I want to reassure people that although Operation Brookdale may have finished for this year, our work targeting scrambler bikes definitely isn’t over.

“We will continue to be out on patrol and to take action whenever the community tells us there are problems.  I would appeal to anyone with information about illegal or nuisance scrambler bikes in their areas to get in touch with us and I can assure them that we will take action.”

Anyone with information can call police via the 101 number, or dial 999 in the event of an emergency or if there is a crime in progress. Alternatively, people can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers, 24 hours a day, on 0800 555 111.