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.
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:
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
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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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.
A mother whose son was left severly brain damaged after falling off a scrambler bike is backing a crackdown on illegal bikes over the summer.
The six week operation on Merseyside will target hotspots for riders involved in the illegal or anti social use of scramblers.
Elaine Willcox has the story.
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.