SpringWatch campaign heats up
More off-road bikes seized, as SpringWatch campaign heats up
Following the recent re-launch of the SpringWatch campaign,
which aims to clamp down on anti-social behaviour during the
lighter evenings, Merseyside police have confirmed that more
illegal off-roaders have been stopped in their tracks.
Now in its sixth year, the SpringWatch campaign sees St Helens
Council, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
join forces to target issues such as off-road vehicle nuisance
which often increases when the clocks go forward.
Reports had been received of a Suzuki motorbike with no
registration plate being ridden on Cherry Tree Drive in Parr.
Following enquiries, the bike was located in an address in
Cherry Tree Drive and the bike was recovered on suspicion of being
stolen. A 17-year-old male has been issued with a Section 59
warning in relation to anti-social use of motor vehicles.
Meanwhile, a further two bikes were seized by police last week
after a bike was found abandoned in woods just off Broad Lane, Bold
- and another at the rear of the Evergreen Way estate, New
Colette McIntyre, Anti-Social Behaviour Manager for Safer
Communities at St Helens Council, said: "We hope that these latest
seizures act as a warning to those thinking of riding off-road
bikes that we take this offence very seriously and we will be on to
"Not only is riding an off-road bike illegal, it is also
extremely dangerous, with those responsible not only putting
themselves at risk, but also members of the public - including
families, dog walkers and young children.
"If you see off-road vehicles out causing a nuisance in the
community, please report it to the Police on 101. This type of
behaviour will not be tolerated.
Neighbourhood Inspector Elaine Collins said: "These recoveries
are further proof of the success against the anti-social and
dangerous use of scrambler bikes in St Helens. Reports from the
public suggested that this bike was causing a nuisance to local
residents, and were acted upon by officers. Operation Springwatch
is running during April to make our communities a safer place to
be, and we would encourage any members of the community to report
"We are keen to know who the users of such vehicles are, where
they are stored and the details of any vehicles they are using to
transport themselves from place to place. This is so that we can
visit them in their homes and exercise our powers to rid our roads
and open spaces of these vehicles. With your help we want to make
life safer and more peaceful for all residents."
To report an off-road bike, please call the police via the 101
number, or dial 999 in the event of an emergency or if there is a
crime in progress. Alternatively, people can pass information
anonymously to Crimestoppers, 24 hours a day, on 0800 555 111.
For more information about the SpringWatch campaign visit www.safersthelens.org.uk