170 machines seized and 35 arrests in police's summer crackdown on illegal motorbikes in Merseyside (From Wirral Globe)
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170 machines seized and 35 arrests in police's summer crackdown on illegal motorbikes in Merseyside
1:36pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A police summer crackdown on illegal scrambler and off-road bikes saw officers seize 171 machines and arrest 35 people.
The eight-week campaign targeted area's identified by communities as hotspots for riders involved in the illegal or anti-social use of the bikes.
Neighbourhood officers in all five Merseyside council districts were supported by the specialist Matrix team along with mounted police and dog sections.
The seized bikes will be sent through a car-crusher.
Superintendent Paul White, in charge of the initiative, said: "Operation Brookdale demonstrates the force's commitment to tackling criminal and anti-social use of scramblers or quad bikes.
"Working together with local people and partner agencies, we are determined to tackle riders who are blighting our neighbourhoods.
"Our communities should be reassured Merseyside Police is working hard to take nuisance vehicles and the criminals who use them off our roads."
Police seized 171 bikes, 122 of which were stolen and a further 18 are believed to be stolen.
Thirty-five people across the county were arrested for various offences including theft, handling stolen goods, unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, drink-driving, dangerous driving, assault, burglary and robbery.
Superintendent White added: "171 bikes can no longer be used on the streets of Merseyside and since the start of the operation, we have seen calls in relation to the anti-social nuisance use of bikes reduce from 249 in the first week to 132 in the last - a 46% reduction.
"This means a lot of people will be seeing the benefits of quieter streets and less crime."
Merseyside's elected Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "These figures show Operation Brookdale has been a fantastic success.
"I have repeatedly heard from members of the Merseyside public that the illegal and anti-social use of motorcycles and quads is an issue that concerns them.
"This force-wide crackdown has directly addressed and tackled this problem."
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