Crime prevention partners are joining forces to crackdown on illegal and nuisance off-road motorbikes. Operation Brookdale focuses on areas where communities are suffering from the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler bikes, quad bikes and other off-road vehicles.
Wirral Council works in partnership with Merseyside Police and other agencies to assist in identifying those involved and to take action where appropriate – but having information to act upon is key, so partners rely on members of the public reporting problem areas to them.
During the summer months more and more people tend to bring these machines out into public areas. Their use brings frustration and worry to residents when they see some of the reckless behaviour on display from people using these off-road bikes.
They pose a danger to pedestrians and other road users and the consequences of their illegal use can devastate families. No-one should have to worry whether they and their children are at risk of injury or worse from these vehicles while enjoying our parks and open spaces.
But with help and information, the authorities are ready to act and make your areas safer.
Earlier this year, Merseyside Police hosted an awareness event to highlight the ongoing response targeting illegal and anti-social use of off-road bikes across Merseyside.
During the event, a large number of bikes were crushed at a salvage and recycling site outside of Merseyside and officers carried out demonstrations to show the dangers, noise and nuisance that off-road bikes cause, as well as explaining what measures police and partners carry out to reunite stolen bikes with their owners, and to target the issue on a daily basis.
In 2017, the force seized more than 300 off-road bikes, many of which were stolen, and they have been reunited with their owners when possible.