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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:

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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

'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