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Police bid to get illegal scrambler bikes off Wirral's roads
POLICE are launching a crackdown on the illegal use of scrambler bikes in Wirral.
The week-long initiative aims to put the brakes people using the bikes in an anti-social way or for crime, especially gun crime incidents.
Officers say they receive regular complaints about the misuse of the bikes and seizes around 800 scrambler and quad bikes each year.
Concerns have been raised by residents in areas where scramblers have been used illegally on local parkland, farmland and other open spaces and police are now warning those responsible that action will be taken.
It is illegal to ride a scrambler bike anywhere except the road, and then riders must conform to the Highway Code and have all the relevant documents and safety equipment.
Chief Superintendent John Martin, Area Commander for Wirral, said: "Merseyside Police will not tolerate the criminal, or anti social use of scrambler, or quad bikes.
"Sometimes the riders of these bikes don't understand the consequences for local communities and the blight that the use of these bikes can cause.
"Recently across the force there have also been a number of serious injuries and fatalities caused to the riders of these bikes following collisions.
"Tragically, in August this year a 16-year-old boy died after he came off an off-road scrambler motorbike and collided with a lamp-post on Riverview Road, Bromborough."