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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-01-13

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Merseyside Police make 9 arrests and size 3 bikes

MERSEYSIDE Police have arrested 9 people and seized 3 bikes, on Thursday, 12 January 2017, as part of the forces continued response to illegal gatherings of motorbikes, in the region, in 2016. Since October 2016, Merseyside Police have recovered more than 150 bikes and have made numerous arrests and warrants have taken place as a result.

We are told that the Merseyside Police had issued 13 warrants across Merseyside, at premises located within:- Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, Liverpool and St Helens. Following the enforcement of them, the force has recovered 3 suspected stolen motorbikes, a cannabis farm, ?9,000 cash, other controlled drugs and suspected stolen items, including:- high value watches, a drone and an industrial tool known as a 'concrete wacker.'

The 9 arrests, made in connection to this latest action, follow an ongoing investigation into incidents that took place in October 2016 and November 2016. Those incidents resulted in numerous calls being made to emergency services, reporting multiple motorbikes, including off road vehicles, been driving dangerously across the Merseyside area. The arrests, we are told where for a variety of offences, including:- conspiracy to cause a public nuisance, theft and drug offences.

Following the arrests, leaflets have also been distributed to local residents to encourage them to pass on more information, to help locate where bikes are being stored, and to show the successes so far.

Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Rhodes, who is leading the investigation, said:- "This arrest day is another successful step forward in our investigations. I would like to thank the members of our communities who have provided information so far, as this is vital in taking such positive action and ultimately bringing offenders to justice. Individuals and groups of riders who take to the roads in a criminal, reckless and anti social manner show a complete disregard for public safety and will never be tolerated by Merseyside Police and our partners. We know how strongly that members of our communities feel about these incidents and will continue to take positive action to seize those bikes we believe are being used illegally on our roads, and deal with associated criminality. This is a long running and complex investigation into numerous reports, 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. Incidents on our roads 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 we have seen is once again 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."

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.


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