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Report: Police crackdown on scramblers and quads

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Drivers on one of Liverpool's busiest streets were left terrified, after a quad bike sped towards them, weaving between oncoming cars. CCTV footage shows the bike come within inches of crashing.

The extraordinary video was released as officers arrested sixteen people on suspicion of using quad bikes dangerously. And, as our correspondent Amy Welch reports, they seized plenty of bikes too.

Police warn dangerous off-road bike drivers: 'you won't get away with it'

Merseyside Police are clamping down on dangerous and anti-social use of off-road bikes across the area.

In early morning raids they arrested 16 people and seized 23 bikes across Merseyside and Manchester.

Supt Jonathan Roy has warned offenders that they will not get away with it:


Watch: shocking footage of off-road bikes speeding through Liverpool

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Police have released shocking footage of two men erratically driving off-road bikes through Liverpool.

With no consideration for their safety or that of other drivers they swerve in and out of traffic at high speed, even driving straight through red lights.

At one point one of the men can be seen driving up the wrong side of the road into busy oncoming traffic, very nearly crashing several times.

The images were released as part of a clampdown on dangerous and anti-social use of off-road bikes across Merseyside.

16 people were arrested this morning and 28 bikes were seized as officers executed warrants at 14 addresses in Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton and one in Greater Manchester

To highlight the dangers, we are issuing CCTV which shows a teenage boy riding a quadbike the wrong way into oncoming traffic through Liverpool city centre. Following the incident he was arrested and subsequently pleaded guilty to various offences, resulting in him being disqualified from driving for 12 months and made the subject of a youth rehabilitation order and a curfew.

He is, though, lucky to be alive and the case clearly highlights the risks for the entire community when off road bikes are ridden in this way.

– Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roy

16 arrested in police crackdown on 'dangerous' off-road bikes

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16 people have been arrested across Merseyside and Manchester as Police clamp down on dangerous and anti-social use of off-road bikes across the area.

28 off-road bikes all believed to have been stolen or used in dangerous ways were recovered during the morning raids.

Officers executed warrants early this morning at 14 addresses in Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton and one in Greater Manchester. Two storage facilities have also been searched.

Searches are on-going at a number of properties.

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Today's action is all about responding to the concerns of communities across Merseyside and targeting those people who we believe have been using scrambler bikes in a dangerous or anti-social way.

We know that many people are plagued by the problem of off road vehicles and actually find them incredibly intimidating. When they are ridden dangerously, they pose a huge risk, not only to the safety of the rider, but also to pedestrians and other law abiding road users.

– Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roy

Five-year-old girl knocked to the ground by man in his 40s

A view of Bishopgate Street, Wavertree, from Picton Road. Credit: Google Street View.

A five-year-old girl was hurt when she was pushed off her scooter by a man in his 40s.

The youngster was playing in the street outside a relative's home in Wavertree, Liverpool, when she was attacked.

The incident happened on Bishopgate Street at about 4.30pm on Thursday, March 19.

The girl sustained minor cuts and bruises as a result of the incident and has been left distressed.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

"This was an unprovoked attack on a young girl in broad daylight. She has been left very shaken and upset by the incident.

"I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone who recognises the description of the offender.

"Offences of this nature are completely unacceptable and we appeal to the community to come forward with information so we can take action against the offender."

– Detective Inspector Colin Rennison, Merseyside Police

The offender is described as being a white, aged in his 40s, approximately 6ft tall.

He was wearing a blue and white striped t-shirt, a black tracksuit with a hooded top which had a white ‘Nike’ tick on the front.

He was carrying a bag with the shoulder strap across his chest.

The bag was possibly a Blue Nike bag with a white ‘Nike’ tick and gold writing.

  • Anyone with any information is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4839 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Judge orders three month closure for Liverpool nightclub Garlands

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A protest against the closure of a Liverpool nightclub will be held outside the venue today.

Garlands was forced to shut it's doors after a series of raids involving hundreds of officers last week.

An application by Merseyside Police to keep Garlands closed for up to three months will be heard by magistrates.

An online petition to save the club has more than 2000 signatures.

Facebook post calling for protest.
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