Councillors request action on scrambler bikes is stepped up

Following a recent survey of 2,500 residents in Moreton and Saughall Massie, the top concern is anti social behaviour caused by bikes, motorbikes and scrambler bikes.

Concerns have also been raised following last week's crash in Liscard, in which one of the youths on a scrambler bike was seriously injured, following numerous incidents of dangerous behaviour in recent weeks.

Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002, makes it an offence for a motor vehicle to be used on a road or public place in a manner which causes harassment, alarm or distress. This includes the noise which is caused by off road machines that are fitted with exhaust systems that do not conform to road standards.

Anyone, regardless of age, caught riding an off road bike in an anti-social way can be prosecuted. Breaking the law on off road bikes can result in the bike being seized, an anti-social behaviour order, heavy fine or a civil claim for injuries incurred.

The recent Community Policing Poll organised by Merseyside Police confirmed this is the top issue - 39% of residents saying scrambler bikes and anti social behaviour.

Councillor Bruce said: "The kind of behaviour we are seeing by some of those on motorbikes and scrambler bikes in shopping areas, parks and open spaces is now the top issue for many residents.

"The police have the powers to act and that is what many residents want. It's clear that the Police's annual summer campaign Operation Brookdale must be stepped up.

"Parents need to know these bikes are not legal on the highway or in public places and residents who are suffering need to see police action."

Councillor Berry has now written to Inspector Paul Harrison requesting a meeting to push for action.

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