Bike seized

Off-road vehicle nuisance

An off road motorbike has been seized as part of the on going campaign to crack down on off-road nuisance vehicles.


Scrambler bike

It was seized in the Valentine Road area of Earlestown.

St.Helens Council, Merseyside Police and their partners remind people that it is illegal to ride any motorbike, quad bike or mini-moto off-road on public land, parks, pavements, waste ground or any footpath in the borough.

Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Family Intervention and Safer Communities at St.Helens Council said:  "Anyone found riding anti-socially where appropriate will have their vehicle seized by the Police and will be prosecuted.

"There have been a number of local operations targeting the crime, which can cause distress, and be a dangerous menace to local communities. We encourage all residents to report the crime to Merseyside Police when, they see such vehicles out and about causing a nuisance in their area. "

Inspector Steve Lowe says:  ''These off road scramblers are not only a noise nuisance but are a danger to the community, especially those using our parks and open spaces. They are driven by irresponsible people, who have
little regard for their own safety let  alone the safety of others.

"We will not tolerate their use and will prosecute irresponsible owners, seize their bikes and have them crushed. Responsible scrambler riders should use their vehicle in a controlled space with permission of a land owner or on a specially designed trail, and wear safety equipment.

"We urge all residents to contact us on 101, to tell us where these bikes are being kept and who is using them in a dangerous manner - and we will do the rest."