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Wirral teen arrested in scrambler bike crackdown
12:31pm Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
A WIRRAL teenager has been arrested as part of a police crackdown on the illegal use of scrambler bikes.
The 17-year-old was held on suspicion of unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle and has since been released on bail.
His arrest comes as the week-long initiative, which has far seen 23 bikes being seized, draws to a close.
Four other men from Wirral have been arrested for various offences, with one being charged.
Local officers have also issued a section 59 warning relating to the anti-social use motor vehicles.
The operation came after police saw an increase in the number of complaints about the mis-use of the bikes and also linked them to anti-social behaviour.
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. “