POLICE SCRAMBLER BIKE OPERATION
POLICE Officers from across
Merseyside are once again taking part in an initiative over the
summer months to put the brakes on the criminal and anti social use
of scrambler bikes across the Merseyside County.
In the last few years it has become increasingly apparent that many
of the riders of these bikes have a complete disregard for decent,
law abiding members in their communities. And with the arrival of
light nights there is a likelihood that riders of these bikes may be
tempted to ride them more often, causing further disruption and
misery to our communities.
Operation Brookdale will centre on areas across Merseyside where
communities have suffered from the illegal and anti social use of
scrambler and quad bikes. This is the third time this operation has
been run and this year's operation began on Tuesday, 1 July 2014.
Particular attention will be paid to roads, parks and any land to
which the public have access and identified by communities as
hotspots for riders involved in the illegal, or anti social use of
Neighbourhood officers in all of the Basic Command Units (Liverpool
North, Liverpool South, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley) will
be supported by officers from the specialist Matrix team, Roads
Policing Department, Vehicle Crime and the mounted and dog sections.
During the operation the following activity will take place:-
► High visibility Police Patrols,
including officers on scramblers and quad bikes, on roads, parkland
and other public spaces
► Plain clothes patrols
► The use of locally gathered intelligence to target places where
illegal bikers are known to ride
► Enforcement of traffic law on the highway to restrict the
activities of legal riders on our roads
► Education in the schools about the dangers of these bikes and the
laws surrounding their use
► Visits to petrol stations by officers and PCSOs.
► There are concerns that young people using these bikes illegally
are able to get petrol to use the bike, and officers will be asking
the petrol stations to support Police in not allowing anyone under
16 to buy fuel.
Superintendent David Charnock, said:- "Merseyside Police will
not tolerate the illegal, or anti social use of scrambler, or quad
bikes. Sometimes the riders of these bikes don't understand the
consequences for local communities and the harm that the use of
these bikes can cause. In the wrong hands these bikes are
potentially lethal and people need to understand the legislation in
relation to the legal use of these bikes, and the potential
consequences of driving these bikes irresponsibly. Working together
with local people and partner agencies, we are determined to tackle
riders who are blighting our neighbourhoods. Our communities should
be reassured that Merseyside Police is working hard to take nuisance
vehicles and the criminals who use them off our roads. Anyone who
takes to the roads illegally and poses a danger to pedestrians and
other motorists on our roads, risks losing their licence and if
their reckless driving results in injury or death they will face a
prison sentence. My message to these people is ask yourself - is it
worth the risk?"
Summer Arts Market returns to St George's Hall with over 100
Artists, Designers and Makers
THE Summer Arts Market,
Merseyside's celebrated arts and crafts market returns to St
George's Hall on 19 July and 20 July 2014, from 10am to 5pm.
The event is a modern arts and crafts fair which offers something for
all ages and features work from over 100 artists, designers and
Grade I listed St George's Hall will be transformed into a bustling
market with thousands of items for sale including intricate handmade
jewellery, contemporary accessories, screen printed gig posters,
original paintings, tableware, beauty products, colourful
decorations, accessories, cards, textiles, photography, knitwear and
Shoppers can also relax and enjoy food and drink in the pop up
Cuthbert's Bakehouse Café, with many locally sourced items on offer,
including healthy and hearty breakfasts, hot and cold lunches and
afternoon teas to suit all appetites.
Amongst the many artists and makers will be; Claire Bates' of Landbaby and her unique range of jewellery with a special
'garden' theme, Matthew Storrow's charming screen prints,
Rodger Jenkins' locally themed paintings and the imaginative
millinery creations of Sue Wood. Along with Katherine Caldwell's
beautiful illustrations that will also be on display as prints and
on textiles, which make perfect gifts.
A hands on Craft Lab will be hosted by KECS Creative underneath the
Grand Organ offering children of all ages the chance to make Peeping
Periscopes, ideal for looking at Giant Grandmas!
Liverpool social enterprise Open Culture have organised the Winter
Arts Market annually since 2009 in partnership with St George's
Hall, aiming to provide the public a chance to access affordable
handmade work directly from artists and makers. In 2013 they created
the annual Summer Arts Market giving the public twice yearly
opportunity to access 1000's of locally produced artwork.
Christina Grogan, Open Culture Director said "To
celebrate the second year of the Summer Arts Market we have worked
with St George's Hall to make it bigger and better than ever. We are
excited to be able to bring people such a fantastic and wide range
of artists, designers and makers this year. It looks set to be quite
Designer maker and Summer Arts Market exhibitor Katherine Caldwell
said:- "I am really looking forward to this year's Summer Arts
Market after finding great success with the event last year. This is
such a wonderful, unique opportunity for me to engage with my
customers in person and chat about my designs. As an illustrator
there is such a story to tell with each one of my pieces and hearing
that story really allows my customers to understand the care,
consideration and passion that has gone into each item. The setting
of St. George's Hall is so stunning that I think it brings out
everyone's creative side and inspires both the stallholders and the
shoppers. It is a complete joy to be there."
For more details and a preview of some of the exhibitors visit:-