Officers from Widnes Local Policing Unit are continuing to appeal for information from the public about the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler bikes.
Over the past couple of weeks there has been an increase in the number of incidents reported to police – particularly in the Ditton, Hale Bank, Lunts Heath and Hough Green areas.
These incidents have involved people riding mini-motos and off-road bikes anti socially on paths and roads, without helmets, covering their faces and intimidating members of the public.
Chief Inspector Richard Rees said: “Traditionally at this time of year, as the lighter nights set in and the weather gets warmer, we see a rise in the use of mini-motos and scrambler bikes in the town. This is an issue that really matters to the people of Widnes and I want to reassure the local community that we are doing all we can to tackle the issue.
“Information we receive from the public is vital and I would encourage anyone who has any information about these recent incidents to come forward. We have received a lot of information from residents, which has proved useful and has helped us to build up a bigger picture of what is happening across the town and who is responsible. However, we are continuing to appeal for any further information about this- in particular information about the location of where these mini-motos and scrambler bikes are being stored. This information is key to helping us assist with our investigation.”
Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “The issue of the anti-social use of scrambler bikes really matters to the communities of Widnes and I am pleased to see the focus the local policing unit have given to the matter. I am delighted that residents are supporting police in their fight against these nuisance scrambler bikes and the information and intelligence that you are providing is making a vital difference - I urge the public to continue working with local officers.”
CI Rees added: “We will continue to act upon any information that is passed on by members of the public, and we will use this information to support any seizures and prosecutions where necessary. You can rest assured that our efforts will continue and I’d like to thank the public for actively supporting us on this issue.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Widnes Local Policing Unit, in any of the following ways:
• Speak directly to a local officer whilst they are out and about on patrol in your local area.
• Pass on information and photographs of bikes, riders and details of where they are being stored to a dedicated e-mail address that has been set up - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Call Cheshire Police on 101 and quote ‘Op Scrambler’.
• If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
• In an emergency dial 999.