Merseyside Police Commissioner’s nuisance bike campaign will tour Tuebrook today as part of a Road Safety Week initiative urging people to help the police to take scramblers off the streets.
Jane Kennedy will be joined by West Derby MP Stephen Twigg, Carol Sung, Councillor for Tuebrook and Stoneycroft and members of the area’s local neighbourhood policing team to encourage people to come forward with any information about the bikes.
The event will see a street stall set up on New Road, Tuebrook, with all the agencies talking to local people about the issues of the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler and off-road bikes. Hundreds of advice leaflets will be distributed and a giant ad-van will tour the area taking the message to an even wider audience.
It is the third time a multi-agency day of action on nuisance bikes has been held in communities on Merseyside this year. Previous events have been held in Stockbridge Village and on the Woodchurch Estate on the Wirral with aim of urging people to either contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously with any information about how the bikes are being used and where they are being stored this year.
The event has also been organised to coincide with national charity Brake’s Road Safety Week which runs until Sunday. The awareness-raising week has already seen a ‘kid’s court’ held in West Kirby to encourage drivers to think about their speed, an engagement event in Williamson Square which saw Merseyside’s Mini Police go on patrol with the Police Commissioner, the Force’s roads policing unit and a team from Merseyside Fire and Rescue to urge road users to think about their driving, and an enforcement and engagement event targeting cyclists on the A41 to Bromborough.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Throughout Road Safety Week people have continued to tell me that one of their biggest concerns is scrambler bikes.
“These bikes are noisy, intimidating and frightening. They are a nuisance to decent, hard-working people, they endanger the safety of innocent road users and pedestrians and they are being used to carry out serious crime.
“Over the summer, Merseyside Police carried out a record-breaking crackdown on these nuisance bikes, seizing a total of 185 vehicles and arresting 150 people. They haven’t stopped there; since then the Force have continued to take even more of these illegal bikes off the roads.
“But the police cannot do it alone. We need all the agencies that are involved in community safety to take a visible stand against nuisance bikes and we need the communities who are affected to speak out. That’s why I’m delighted Stephen and Carol are joining me in encouraging people in Tuebrook to give us any information they have about who is using these bikes and, in particular, where they are keeping them. I’d like to emphasise, Crimestoppers do not need your name or details, they just want the information that will help us to take these bikes off our streets.”
Stephen Twigg MP said: "The problem of scrambler bikes is well known. They disturb people in their homes and are dangerously driven over roads and pavements. This has to stop.
"I am pleased to be supporting this initiative with Cllr Carol Sung, Jane Kennedy and all of Merseyside Police in tackling the problem. Bringing together residents, businesses and local agencies to report information, which through Crimestoppers is completely anonymous, is key to stopping the issue of scrambler bikes."
Cllr Carol Sung said: "These bikes terrorise people. They're dangerous and a nuisance, which is why I have used my community fund to pay for this day of action. We are making sure that people know how to anonymously report these bikes, who is driving them and where they are being stored. If people have concerns, I want them to raise them."
Anyone with information about nuisance bikes should call Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, call 999.