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Publication date:- 2016-12-23

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Mass arrests and vehicles seized following off road bike incidents

MERSEYSIDE Police have informed us that they have arrested 13 people and seized 13 vehicles. This follows on from the execution of 15 warrants across Merseyside, on Thursday, 22 December 2016, as a response to off road bike incidents across Merseyside in October and November 2016.

11 men and two women were arrested across the force on suspicion of a variety of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance, theft and drug offences and taken to several Police Stations, where they have been questioned by Detectives.

Large quantities of cash were also seized from addresses in:- King Street, Egremont, Wirral and Bridgefield Road, Belle Vale as part of this action. A dismantled cannabis farm was also found at the address in King Street and a CS spray was recovered from the address in Bridgefield Road. Clothing and helmets have also been recovered from addresses.

At an industrial unit in Blackburne Street, Garston, 4 vehicles were seized (a large quad bike, 2 motorbikes and a mini quad bike) and the owner of the unit was arrested.

A 20 year old man, from Toxteth, has been was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and disqualified driving.

A 26 year old man, from West Derby, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.

A 21 year old man, from Huyton, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and possession of cocaine.

A 28 year old man, from Tuebrook, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.

A 26 year old man, from Egremont, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and possession of cannabis.

A 58 year old man from Egremont, was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply.

A 51 year old woman, from Egremont, has been arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply.

A 16 year old, boy, from the Kensington area, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and disqualified driving.

A 42 year old man, who is from Kirkby, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

A  23 year old, male of no fixed abode, has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of cannabis.

An 18 year old male, from Dovecot, was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

A 23 year old man, from St Helens, was also arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

A 33 year old woman, from St Helens, has cautioned for possession of cannabis.

The arrests and seizures follow an investigation into incidents, on Sunday, 2 October 2016, where numerous calls were made to emergency services reporting up to 60 off road vehicles, driving dangerously, across Merseyside, as well as incidents reported since this date.

Since 2 October 2016, 143 bikes have been recovered, 37 warrants executed and a total of 35 arrests have now been made.

Following the arrests, leaflets were also distributed to local residents to encourage more information on where bikes are being stored, and to show the successes so far.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley said:- "The groups of riders who took to the roads in October had a complete disregard for public safety, and we know that members of our communities are absolutely disgusted by such behaviour. I want to send a clear message to the people riding these bikes that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour and will continue to take positive action to seize those bikes we believe are being used in an anti social, illegal and dangerous way on our roads. There has been a long running and complex investigation into numerous reports of anti social behaviour, including CCTV footage and images and I would like to thank people who have assisted. Action is constantly being taken behind the scenes in relation to these incidents, and we appreciate people's patience as we thoroughly investigate each 1. These actions are reckless and criminal and it is only through sheer luck that a member of the public, a Police Officer or 1 of those bikers was not seriously injured. Sadly, incidents before and since 2 October continue to show the very real dangers to pedestrians, Officers, riders and other road users. We are determined to make our roads safer through all our available powers, and the continued response is thanks to information provided by our community. I would urge anyone with information which enables us take these bikes out of circulation and make our streets safer to keep coming forward. I would also like reassure people that we are continually looking at innovative new approaches to tackle this problem, and held a conference this week with key partners to discuss future plans."

Anyone with information on who is using these bikes and where they are being stored is urged to call:- 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

The Marriage of Figaro: Unwrapped - A free, hour- ong taster!

SCOTTISH Opera's hit production of The Marriage of Figaro, directed by the great British baritone Sir Thomas Allen, is coming to Liverpool's Empire Theatre for 2 performances only, on 5 January and 7 January 2017. In addition, the company are offering a FREE event that gives an insight into the show and how it was created.

The Marriage of Figaro features beautiful period designs by Simon Higlett, providing the backdrop to this timeless comedy of social revolution and change.

The Marriage of Figaro tells the story of Count Almaviva; a once charming, he has become a scheming bully who spends his days pestering the serving girls. Figaro, his head of staff, is engaged to Susanna, but Almaviva has a particular soft spot for her and is doing everything he can to delay their wedding…

The role of Figaro is performed by former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Ben McAteer (The Devil Inside 2016) and he is joined by Lucy Hall as Susanna and Jette Parker Young Artist Samuel Dale Johnson as Count Almaviva. The exciting cast is conducted by Timothy Burke.

Whether you're new to opera or an old hand, you can find out more at:- 'The Marriage of Figaro - Unwrapped', a 'free' hour long taster from Scottish Opera, on 6 January 2017, at 6pm.

Presented from the stage by Assistant Director Rebecca Hanbury, The Marriage of Figaro Unwrapped features:- singers, back stage crew and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. You'll hear highlights from the music and be introduced to the principal characters from the opera, the plot and some key scenes. You'll also find out more about the props, costumes, lighting and direction, as well as some of the theatrical secrets behind the production.

Assistant Director, Rebecca Hanbury, said:- "After an acclaimed tour around Scotland, it is exciting for the team to take The Marriage of Figaro to new audiences in Liverpool. Alongside the show, we are bringing our 'Unwrapped' performance which takes you behind the scenes of the show. See how our crew achieves huge scene changes in a matter of minutes, meet the team that makes the beautiful costumes, hear our conductor deconstruct the score, and watch the cover cast perform some of the most exquisite moments of the opera."

Tickets for the Unwrapped event are free, but need to be booked in advance. To book, visit the Empire's Box Office, call:- 0844 871 3017 or visit:- ATGTickets.com/Liverpool

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