SpringWatch: More off-road bikes seized
Police spring into action after seizing more off-road
St Helens Council's
efforts in clamping down on anti-social behaviour during the
lighter evenings is proving to be successful, after Merseyside
Police confirmed that yet more illegal off-roaders have been
stopped in their tracks.
As part of the SpringWatch campaign which sees St
Helens Council, Merseyside Police and other partners team up to
target issues which often increase when the clocks go forward, one
of which being off-road vehicle nuisance - a further seven
motorbikes have recently been seized from areas cross the
Following reports in Thatto Heath of a number of males
taking it in turns riding a bike up and down Scholes Lane, a
Jianshe motorbike was seized and a 17-year-old male was summonsed
for no licence and no insurance offences.
While in Clock Face, two bikes were recovered after
one was found hidden in the Four Acre estate, with the other found
abandoned outside a property in Churchfields.
Elsewhere, Section 59 warnings in relation to
anti-social use of motor vehicles were issued to the driver and
passenger of a bike halted in Maypole Woods which was being ridden
without a licence or insurance - and to two drivers who had
previously been warned in Cheshire for a similar offence, who were
caught riding 450cc scrambler bikes in Bold Moss.
Meanwhile, a scrambler bike was found abandoned on
wasteland bordering Morris Street and Watery Lane in Sutton when
police out on pedal cycle control witnessed the offender driving
the bike dangerously.
St Helens Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Manager for
Safer Communities, Colette McIntyre, welcomed the news and insists
the latest captures send out a clear message that this type of
crime will not go unnoticed.
"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 you," said Colette.
"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 similar concerns."
"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
For more information
about the SpringWatch campaign visit www.safersthelens.org.uk