One ar­rest af­ter scram­bler bikes used on beach

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A MAN was ar­rested af­ter four scram­bler bikes were seen speed­ing up and down a crowded Formby beach.

Andrew Brock­bank, who helps man­age the Formby Point site for the Na­tional Trust, said: “There were four bikes be­ing rid­den at speed on the beach on Mon­day, May 21. The area was busy at the time and our rangers were ob­vi­ously con­cerned for pub­lic safety. They alerted po­lice, who at­tended. The rid­ing of mo­tor­bikes is pro­hib­ited on the beach.”

Po­lice were con­tacted at around 4.45pm and of­fi­cers were sent to the scene, sup­ported by a po­lice he­li­copter.

A man was ar­rested on Fresh­field beach on sus­pi­cion of dan­ger­ous driv­ing and pos­ses­sion of a Class B drug. He was later is­sued with a warn­ing in re­la­tion to anti-so­cial driv­ing.

Two scram­bler bikes, which po­lice said were sus­pected of be­ing stolen, were re­cov­ered at the scene.

Chief In­spec­tor Ja­son Crellin said: “The rid­ing of scram­bler bikes has put other peo­ple on the beach at risk. These peo­ple have no re­gard for any­one but them­selves and don’t care about the risk they pose to oth­ers.

“If you saw bikes be­ing rid­den in an an­ti­so­cial man­ner from just be­fore 5pm on Mon­day, please con­tact po­lice.

“We will con­tinue to take proac­tive ac­tion against those in­volved in the crim­i­nal use of scram­bler bikes on our roads and pub­lic spa­ces, and will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to lo­cate and seize sus­pected stolen or nui­sance bikes and ar­rest those who are putting the safety of oth­ers at risk.

“Such be­hav­iour can­not and will not be tol­er­ated on the streets of Mersey­side and our re­sponse re­flects how se­ri­ously we take this is­sue. I would urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion which could help us take these bikes out of cir­cu­la­tion, and make our streets safer, to keep com­ing for­ward.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Mersey­side Po­lice so­cial me­dia desk via Twit­ter @MerPolCC or Face­book Mersey­side Po­lice CC.

You can also call 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent ref­er­ence 792 of May 21 or con­tact the in­de­pen­dent charity Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555111 or via their on­line form at: https:// crimestop­pers-uk.org/ give-in­for­ma­tion/ give-in­for­ma­tion

Picture: COLIN LANE

Sunny day spoiled by bikes rid­den il­le­gally on the sands – Formby Point and beach, near Lifeboat Road

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