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Issue: July at  18 July 2013


AS part of the Merseyside Police summer crackdown on scrambler and quad bikes schools officers and Roads Policing Officers are talking to schoolchildren about the dangers and consequences of riding these vehicles.

Superintendent Paul White, who is leading the operation, said:- "In the past we have seen a number of young people suffer serious life changing injuries as a result of riding these bikes, and sadly we have also had a number of fatalities. Educating our young people around the legislation and potential consequences of riding these bikes is vital if we want this operation to succeed. A lot of young people may think it's cool to ride these bikes, but don't realise the potential consequences. A lot of the people who own these bikes aren't aware of the legislation surrounding the ownership and use of these vehicles, and as a result many of these bikes are being ridden illegally and dangerously on our roads and public open spaces. Throughout the summer we, along with our partners including all the local authorities, Walton Neurological Centre, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals Trust and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, will be taking positive action against the illegal and anti social use of these vehicles. Ultimately we hope that by taking this action we will reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities that occur."

Did you know that...???...:-

► If you ride a mechanically propelled vehicle such as a scrambler/quad bike in a public place you are required to be insured; if you are not insured the vehicle will be seized.

► Motorcycles/quad bikes regardless of size, powered by an engine, or electric motor, can only be ridden legally on a road or in a public place if the rider has a driver's licence, insurance, MOT and vehicle excise licence, when required, and in a public place where vehicles are allowed.

► Parents who let their children ride their scrambler / quad bike in a public place may also find themselves open to prosecution.

► Police will issue Section 59 warnings under the Police Reform Act against both the rider and the machine that they are on when a bike is stopped after being used in an anti-social manner.

► Persistent use of the bikes will result in seizure, and possibly destruction of any bikes which cannot be proved to be held legally.

► General Road Traffic Act legislation will also be used to report for summons anyone committing offences on the roads leading to these parks.


MERSEYSIDE Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 22 year old man, on Friday, 12 July 2013, in hospital. A 27 year old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Just after 1.30pm on Thursday, 11 July 2013, the emergency services were called to Cables Retail Park to a report of an altercation involving four men.

Officers attended and found a 22 year old man with serious head injuries. The man was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment. Unfortunately he died on Friday, 12 July 2013, in hospital.

The man has been formally identified as being 22 year old Jonathan Fitchett from Prescot.

A post mortem is be conducted over the weekend to establish the cause of death.

A car believed to have been used by the offenders has been seized and is in the process of being examined, witnesses are still being spoken to and CCTV from the area is being trawled.

A 27 year old man from the Prescot area has been arrested this evening on suspicion of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Cox, said:- "This is a tragedy for everyone who knew Jonathan and our sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time. We are treating his death as murder and the large-scale investigation that was already underway following his assault will continue until all the people involved have been caught. We are following a number of positive lines of enquiry and we are actively seeking the offenders involved in this incident. I would urge anyone in the area with information about this incident to contact us and tell us what they know and I would also call on the people involved in attacking Jonathan to do the right thing and step forward and tell us what happened."

An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing.

The 27 year old man remains in Police custody at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 101 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

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