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  • SCRAMBLER BIKE YOB ATTACKED VOLUNTEER AT FAMILY FUN DAY

    Tom Martin

    SCRAMBLER bike yobs caused chaos at a family fun day in Seaforth, assaulting a teenage volunteer and threatening people - forcing the event to close early.

    The annual event was in full swing at Bowersdale Park on Saturday, August 3 when four youths on two scrambler bikes arrived at around 2pm and drove into the park where hundreds of people had gathered.

    An 18-year-old volunteer, who was helping children have pony rides, was punched and kicked to the ground by one of the yobs.

    Organisers from Friends of Bowersdale Park decided to close the event early as a precaution.

    A spokesperson for Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Sanctuary, who had organised the pony rides for children, said: “A teenage girl was holding a child on our pony Holly at the wonderful family event when she was attacked.

    “He beat our girl with his fists and kicked her. She was brave and did everything she could to protect the child and the pony. People advanced to protect her and he rode off.”

    The event featured stalls, children's games and other activities for local families to enjoy.

    A spokesperson for Friends of Bowersdale Park said: “Thanks so much to everyone who attended the fun day.

    “It was a fantastic day and sorry we had to close the event because of an issue which was beyond our control.

    “Everyone’s safety is always our priority and we are all gutted.”

    Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

    Chief Inspector Paul Sutcliffe said: “This has left people of all ages shocked and disappointed, and we are determined to find those responsible.

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    “Witnesses are being spoken to and CCTV opportunities are being looked into.”

    He added that reports of the anti-social and nuisance use of off-road motorbikes have decreased significantly across Merseyside in the last 18 months, and that thay had worked with local authorities, schools, youth groups, housing associations, and communities affected to keep scramblers off our streets, with great success.

    But he said incidents like this are “an unwelcome reminder that people are still affected by the reckless riding, noise and associated crime brought about by their illegal use.”

    Anyone with information is asked to message @MerPolCC, or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.


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