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.