Community safety organisations working on the Wirral will today unite to carry out a day of action against nuisance bikes, led by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.
Jane Kennedy will be joined by representatives from Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MF&RS), Wirral Council, Magenta Housing, Crimestoppers and local councillors to carry out the event on the Woodchurch Estate in Upton.
The multi-agency day has been organised to support Merseyside Police’s annual summer crackdown on scrambler bikes, Operation Brookdale, which has already seen 44 bikes seized, 42 stolen bikes recovered and 28 people arrested since it launched on June 9th.
The event will see leaflets delivered to hundreds of local homes in the area with representatives from all the agencies talking to residents about the issue of the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler and off-road bikes. They will also be urging people to come forward with any information about where bikes are being stored.
A giant ad-van encouraging people to give information to Crimestoppers anonymously will also tour the area, before taking the message to people across the Wirral.
Representatives from the area’s Registered Social Landlords, Magenta Living, will also be warning residents that any tenants who are involved with, or have children that are using nuisance bikes in an anti-social way could face losing their home.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Today is about sending out a clear message that we will not tolerate these bikes in our communities. They bring misery to the lives of hard-working, decent people and endanger the safety of innocent road users and pedestrians, as well as being used to carry out serious crimes.
“Operation Brookdale demonstrates just how seriously Merseyside Police and all our partners treat the anti-social and criminal use of these bikes. Robust action will be taken against those who use them and parents need to know that they could face losing their homes if their children are misusing nuisance bikes.
“I’m delighted that so many agencies have come together to show their support for Merseyside Police’s campaign and take a visible stand against nuisance bikes. I hope it will help encourage even more people to contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence with any information about these bikes. We don’t need your name or details, we just need information.”
Merseyside Police Superintendent Jenny Sims, who is leading Operation Brookdale, said: “This event is a great way for the Wirral community to see first-hand the action being taken to tackle scrambler bike issues in their area. We know that these bikes cause distress to residents, damage to the environment, and can be used in serious crimes.
“Standing alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner, Wirral Council and local partners, we are a more powerful force against the illegal and anti-social use of off-road bikes. Operation Brookdale has already seen numerous bikes seized this summer and we will continue to take positive action when information is provided.
“If you know who is using them or where they are being stored, speak to us and we will act. If you own a lock-up garage or storage facility and become aware of any illegal bikes being stored, work with us and we will seize these vehicles. And if you are storing bikes on behalf of others, be very aware you may be in breach of tenancy agreements and could lose your home.”
The event is also being supported by Wirral Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, Cllr George Davies. He said: “This day of action targeting scrambler bikes will be welcomed in our communities.
“These machines and the people riding them are a real menace in some areas of Wirral and this operation is part of a co-ordinated, multi-agency response to the issue."
Joining them on the walkabout will be Anna Green, Tenancy Enforcement Officer at the area’s Registered Social Landlord, Magenta Living. Anna said: “Magenta Living fully supports Merseyside Police in Operation Brookdale, and we have encouraged residents in our communities to report all incidents of the misuse of scrambler bikes to Crimestoppers.
“As part of this targeted campaign, two Magenta Living properties in Woodchurch were subject to warrants. To showcase the tangible results that can be achieved if we work together, this action was shared through our social media channels, reaching over 2,000 people. Magenta Living takes all breaches of tenancy seriously.
“Any of our tenants who have children involved in anti-social behaviour and the misuse of scrambler bikes risk losing their home.”
Representatives from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will also be working alongside partners at the event. Prevention Group Manager Gary Oakford said: “Our role is to work with and support partners and key stakeholders to maximise the safety of our communities.
“In recent months the dangers of scrambler bikes misuse is self-evident for all to see; they could potentially harm road users, pedestrians and the riders themselves.
“We will help support the Police and Crime Commissioner where possible in tackling this activity.”