As part of the forcewide crackdown on the illegal use of scrambler bikes Merseyside Police has seized 9 scrambler bikes and arrested 5 people for various offences. An imitation firearm was also found at an address in Bootle. No-one was at this address when the imitation firearm was found.
Two motorbikes were also seized at an address in the Rockferry area and in Wallasey a car was seized for having no insurance.
Officers in Bootle have also crushed 17 scrambler bikes seized in recent weeks on the car park at the Tesco Superstore on Hawthorn Road, Bootle, to reinforce the force’s commitment to tackling the blight of the scramber bikes on the county’s roads.
Those arrested are:
A 17-year-old male from Bootle arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug.
Three men, aged 17 years, 21 years and 28 years, were arrested at an address in Netherton on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis, one of those three men (the 21-year-old) was also arrested for breaching a Crown Court bail warrant.
A 18-year-old male from Kirkby arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug.
A 45-year-old man from Dovecot was issued with a fixed penalty notice for possession of cannabis.
In St Helens, four Section 59 warnings, all relating to the anti-social use of vehicles, were issued.
Officers across Merseyside will be taking part in a week-long initiative aimed at putting the brakes on the criminal and anti social use of scrambler bikes across the county.
The force is also concerned that scramblers seem to be the chosen transport for offenders involved in recent gun crime incidents.
In the last 12 months it has become increasingly apparent that many of the riders of these bikes have a complete disregard for other decent, law-abiding members in their communities and don’t concern themselves with the potential consequences.
Operation Brookdale will centre on areas across Merseyside where communities have suffered from the criminal use and anti social use of scrambler and quad bikes.
The force receives regular complaints about the misuse of these vehicles and on average seizes approximately 800 scrambler/quad bikes a year. And scrambler bikes have been used in 12 of the shootings the force has dealt with this year.
Concerns have been raised by residents in different areas of the force where scramblers have been used illegally on local parkland, farmland and other open spaces and police are warning those using the bikes that they will be aiming to seize bikes if they are being used criminally, or in an anti social way.
All bikes including quad bikes, monkey bikes, scooters and small machines with a petrol engine and mini motors and go peds powered by an electric motor are classified as not suitable for use on roads or pavements. This means these bikes come under the laws for motorcycle safety.
Neighbourhood officers in all of the Basic Command Units (Liverpool North, Liverpool South, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley) will be supported in their high-visibility patrols by officers from the specialist Matrix team, Roads Policing Department, Vehicle Crime and the mounted and dog sections.
Officers will be patrolling parkland and open spaced on police scrambler and quad bikes, and they will be able to access the areas that would normally be difficult to get to for regular patrols. Plain clothes officers will also take part in the operation.
Police will use intelligence gathered locally to target their activities to the places where the illegal bikers are known to ride – and are urging communities to take a stand and let their local police know where scrambler bikes are being used illegally so that they can take the necessary action.
As well as seizing bikes, officers will also be strongly enforcing traffic law in the roads in a bid to restrict the activities of the illegal riders across the county.
Schools officers and PCSOs will also be visiting local schools in a bid to educate young people about the dangers of scrambler bikes and the laws surrounding their use as well as the potential consequences.
And visits will also be made to garage propietors by officers and PCSOs as there are concerns that young people using these bikes illegally are still able to get petrol to use the bike, and they will be asking the local garages to support police in not allowing anyone under 16 to buy fuel.
Superintendent Paul White who is leading the crackdown, said: ” Merseyside Police will not tolerate the criminal, or anti social use of scrambler, or quad bikes.
“This year offenders have used scrambler bikes in 12 of the gun crime incidents we have had on Merseyside and more often than not when we recover scramblers used to commit a crime, or anti social behavour , the bike turns out to be stolen.
“We will not stand idly by and let these offenders think they can run amok in our local communities. This Operation aims to take as many illegal riders off our roads and parks as possible to make our communities safer.
“And Merseyside Police wants to send a clear message to anyone using a scrambler illegally in Merseyside – you cannot ride your bike illegally in our parks or open spaces, and we will take the strongest action we can against you.”
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