The curse of scrambler bikes

I was contacted the other day by a local resident who had taken photos of scrambler bikes on the Leeds Liverpool Canal tow path in Melling asking for my advice about what can be done to stop them. Yesterday, whilst out cycling through Rimrose Valley Country Park, I ended up with one blowing his horn at me whilst trying to race past. Obviously neither the canal tow path or Rimrose Valley’s network of footpaths and cycle paths are places for motorbikes to be ridden!

But where are these bikes kept? Surely they are often in the garages of houses where the scrambler bikers live with their families. On that basis their illegal activities are in effect being condoned by families who should know a lot better.

Merseyside Police do their best and it’s always pleasing to hear of these bikes ending up in the crusher but the riders cause mayhem on our canal towpath, country parks, in woods and on roads where we are all at risk from their mad riding.

You might guess that the one I encountered yesterday had no registration plate on it and it was gone so fast I had no chance to get a proper look at it.

The curse of scrambler bikes

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/catalogue-tragedy-shows-war-scrambler-14244568

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

I’m sure I saw one in Aughton’s Winifred Lane last Sunday and the Police helicopter was buzzing around above at the same time.

Maghull – Shooting in Parkbourn

Parkbourn Square

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/police-show-house-damaged-shotgun-14210142

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

If memory serves I seem to recall a previous shooting in Parkbourn from 2013

With thanks to Keith for the lead to this posting

Scrambler bikes – The menace that is never far away

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/man-arrested-after-pedestrian-hit-14063772

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

And here we see the sad consequences of irresponsible scrambler bike riding.

It’s far from being a new problem though, indeed it goes back 25 years or more at least. In my years as a councillor one consistent complaint that has come my way, especially in the summer months, has been the menace of scrambler bikes on the Cheshire Line Path/Trans Pennine Trail, on The Leeds Liverpool Canal tow path and on Jubilee Woods between Maghull and Sefton Village.

But now they are all over our roads and one was even driven through Bootle Strand Shopping Centre not so long ago!

In my experience the Police are quick to react to information about where the bikes are being stored because seizing them at such places is far safer than trying to catch them when they are being driven at speed.

I recall one occasion when a sharp eyed resident spotted a van that regularly parked up near the River Alt on Bridges Lane and from which scrambler bikes were unloaded. The boy and girls in blue dealt with that one.

My advice is always tell the police when you see a scrambler bike being driven erratically as it helps them put together a picture of where they appearing. Even better if you know of where any of them are being stored, please ring Crime Stoppers.

It’s so sad that an innocent pedestrian has been run down by an irresponsible scrambler bike driver.

Litherland shooting

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/residents-report-scrambler-bikers-firing-13226609

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Here we go again, yet more shootings on Merseyside this time in Sefton Borough. Is it just me or are we fast losing a semblance of being able to control guns on our streets as these incidents are now an almost daily occurrence?

Worrying times indeed.

Scrambler Bikes and Shotguns on Merseyside

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shotguns-scrambler-bikes-scourge-merseyside-11157842

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

And on the very same day the Echo web site ran this Litherland shooting story:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shots-fired-homes-litherland-stoneycroft-11161658

You know our gun problems here on Merseyside, or at least the reporting of them, seem to be getting worse. Now don’t I recall a recent Echo article based on Merseyside Police saying they were winning the gun war, or words to that effect?

It’s only a question of time until another innocent person gets caught up in the revenge gun violence amongst the criminal fraternity, is it not?