15 warrants served, 9
arrested and bikes seized
MERSEYSIDE Police have arrested 9 males
and seized 5 motorbikes and 4 quads after 15 warrants were executed across
Merseyside, on Thursday, 9 March 2017, as a response to an illegal gathering of
motorbikes in Merseyside, in 2016.
Warrants were carried out at premises in
Knowsley and Liverpool resulting in the recovery of the bikes, a small amount of
drugs and mobile phones.
The arrests are for the offence of causing a public nuisance and follow an
investigation into incidents on 7 November 2016, when numerous calls were made
to emergency services reporting multiple motorbikes, including off road
vehicles, driving dangerously across Merseyside.
Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Rhodes, who
is leading the investigation, said:- "This arrest day is another
successful step forward in our investigation. 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. Action is constantly being
taken behind the scenes in relation to incidents such as this, 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 today 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.