Police crackdown on 'dangerous' off-road bikes

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.

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

Credit: Merseyside Police

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

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