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Weekly Edition - Published  6 October 2016


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Warrants executed in crackdown on criminal use of scrambler bikes

ON Thursday, 6 October 2016, Police executed a series of warrants as part of the Merseyside Police response to the criminal use of scrambler bikes in the region, on Sunday, 2 October 2016. It is reported that on that day, 60 scrambler riders took to the roads of Merseyside causing severe disruption to other road users and putting safety of members of the public at risk. At times the riders were seen to go through red lights, riding on the wrong side of the roads and carrying out dangerous manoeuvres. Merseyside Police has issued a number of calls for information in relation to those who were in the group, and have also asked for people to come forward with information about those who are illegally riding scramblers and where they are being stored.

As a result Merseyside Police have arrested a 40 year old woman and seized a scrambler from an address, in Garston as 1 of the warrants was executed.

A warrant was also executed in Dovecot and a quantity of drugs (cannabis resin, cannabis bush and what was believed to be 3 wraps of cocaine, along with mobile phones and drugs paraphernalia). A 21 year old man from Dovecot was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs and was taken to a Police Station where he was questioned by detectives.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley, said:- "The scrambler riders on Sunday, 2 October 2016, had a complete disregard for public safety. Their actions were 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. On Monday, in another incident, a stolen scrambler bike collided with a car, in Stockbridge Village. The woman driver of the car was injured and shaken up as a result of the incident. 1 of 2 men who were on the bike was arrested and the other made off, neither of the men were wearing helmets. I would like to reassure the public that we are responding to this reckless and criminal use of scrambler bikes, and work is ongoing to identify those involved and put them before the courts. We have a dedicated team of staff looking at CCTV footage and I am pleased to say that since our appeals we have had a number of calls and we are acting on that information. The warrants we've executed in the last couple of days are thanks to information that has come in to us and I would urge anyone who has any information which could help us take these bikes out of circulation and make our streets safer to come 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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