Safespace campaign targets illegal riders
St Helens Council, Merseyside Police and their partner
agencies are warning quad and motorbike riders to stay away from
parks and public open spaces.
Lighter nights and warmer weather have triggered an
increase in off-road vehicle nuisance in some of the borough's
parks. But bike owners run the risk of their machines being
confiscated and crushed if they are caught.
Along with anti-social behaviour, this year's
Safespace Campaign aims to stamp out the activities of the selfish
minority who spoil things for law-abiding members of the community.
Posters throughout the borough's parks will reinforce the
St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Environmental
Protection and Safer Communities, Councillor Richard McCauley said:
"The Safespace campaign is an annual event, but this year there
will be a real focus on parks and other areas where residents have
raised concerns about anti-social behaviour and off-road vehicle
"Riding any motorbike, quad bike or mini-moto off-road
on public land, parks, pavements, waste ground or footpath in St
Helens is illegal - and will not be tolerated. Last years Safespace
campaign removed 10 mini motos off the streets and 16 warnings were
Although the campaign has real teeth, the aim of
Safespace is to reduce anti-social behaviour and vehicle nuisance
by engaging with young people and giving them the opportunity to
take part in free diversionary activities provided by St Helens
Council's Youth Services over the summer break.
Residents can help keep the borough's parks and open
spaces safe this summer by reporting anti-social behaviour. Simply
contact Merseyside Police on the non-emergency number on 101 or
St.Helens Council Safer Communities Anti-Social Behaviour Unit on
The aims of the Safespace campaign fit neatly with the
forthcoming Love Parks Week (21 to 29 July), which will see a host
of events planned at local parks - ranging from pond dipping at the
Duckeries to a charity rounders match at Ruskin Drive. For more
information about activities contact the council's Ranger Service
on 01744 815586.