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'Illegal' scrambler bikes to be crushed

Bikes to be crushed

Officers across Merseyside have seized 171 scrambler/off road bikes, and arrested 35 people, as part of a crackdown on the illegal and anti-social use of off road bikes.

The drive targeted those who officers say have a complete disregard for decent, law-abiding members in their communities.

Superintendent Paul White, said:

"Operation Brookdale demonstrates the Force's commitment to tackling the criminal and anti-social use of scramblers or quad bikes. Our communities should be reassured that Merseyside Police is working hard to take nuisance vehicles, and and the criminals who use them, off our roads."

"In the last eight weeks we have seized 171 bikes, 122 of which were stolen and a further 18 are believed to be stolen. We have also arrested 35 people across the county for various offences including theft, handling of stolen goods, unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, drink driving.

The bikes seized will be crushed today.

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A mum's plea on scrambler bikes

Injured Liam Clark and his mother, Nicky Woods Credit: ITV

The mother of a teenager, left brain damaged by a scrambler bike crash, is demanding tighter regulations.

Liam Clark from St Helens needs 24-hour hospital care.

His mum, Nicky Woods, says children should be banned from using the bikes.

Police across the North West are cracking down on scrambler use.

Police place illegal bikes in a crusher Credit: Merseyside Police