Six arrested in clampdown on rogue bikers
A TOTAL of six arrests have been made by police in an operation to combat large groups of yobs riding scrambler and quad bikes and causing disruption on the roads around Skelmersdale and Ormskirk on Sunday, April 8.
Neighbourhood police, motorway officers and the force helicopter were all involved in the operation which led to 13 scrambler bikes being seized.
Five of the seized vehicles have now been confirmed as stolen.
Police received reports from the public that the groups of bikes were travelling along both lanes of roads and being ridden the wrong way down dual carriageways.
They were also informed that the riders were not wearing helmets and were also committing other driving offences.
A spokesman for Skelmersdale Police said: “Skelmersdale Police received numerous reports from the public concerning large groups of scrambler and quad bikes causing disruption on the roads around Skelmersdale and Ormskirk.
“A number of police patrols were deployed to the area and due to the proactive work by immediate response, neighbourhood, motorway officers and the assistance of the force helicopter, a total of six persons have been arrested for handling stolen goods and theft, with 13 scrambler bikes seized and at this time five have been confirmed as stolen.
“The bikes were taken from the Nottingham and Yorkshire areas.
“The six people arrested have been interviewed and released under investigation while we fully examine the seized bikes and view CCTV.
“Lancashire Police will continue to take action against these individuals. We want to thank the public for their calls and assistance in the matter.
“If anyone has any dashcam or CCTV footage, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details so we can arrange collection.”
Police have said that bikes, such as quad bikes, monkey bikes, scooters, small machines that have a petrol engine, mini motors and go-peds, which work on an electric motor, are not suitable to be used on roads or pavements.
People caught riding an off-road bike in an anti-social way can face prosecution. They can also have their bike seized, be charged more than £100, be subject to an anti-social order, face a heavy fine and civil claim for injury to themselves or others.