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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-31-03

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Merseyside Police have hosted national conference on:- 'The Criminal, Dangerous and Anti Social Use of Motorcycles'

MERSEYSIDE Police on Thursday, 30 March 2017, have hosted a national conference on:- 'The Criminal, Dangerous and Anti Social Use of Motorcycles.' at Haydock Park.

The conference, brought together representatives from each of the 43 Police Forces, within England and Wales, alongside representatives from partner agencies and the motor industry, including:- Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities, who are committed to tackling the problem which is the blight of communities across the country.

Speakers at the event included:- Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Ian Critchley; Paul Reddy from Slater and Gordon solicitors; Dave Luscombe from the Motorcycle Industry Association; Anne Studd QC; Chief Constable of West Mercia Police Anthony Bangham and Dr Daniel Silverstone from the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Police Studies.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley, said:- "For the last 6 years Merseyside Police has run Operation Brookdale, targeting the anti social and criminal use of motorbikes, but despite some real successes the problem still persists. But the problem isn't specific to Merseyside, other areas of the country have been plagued by irresponsible bike riders, who terrorise communities and prevent people from enjoying local parks. On Merseyside we have seen 3 members of the public killed and other members of the community seriously injured as a result of the recklessness of these individuals, despite some considerable success in disrupting their activities. In 2016 Operation Brookdale saw the seizure of 234 motorbikes (95 of which were stolen); 156 arrests; 50 warrants executed and 72 Section 58 warnings issued. The activity was supported by an extensive media campaign, which was well received by our communities, but still the problem persists. So we wanted to take this opportunity to come together and not only share good practice, but work with motor industry specialists to see if there is any innovation that we can tap in to which will help us tackle the problem and whether our partners have access to different types of legislation that could have an impact on those involved in the criminal and anti social use of motorcycles."

We have asked Merseyside Police to let us know what developments happen as a result of this conference and will let you know when that information becomes available.


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