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Scrambler bike initiative to combat anti social behaviour

Alert message sent 16/08/2019 09:31:00

Information sent on behalf of Lancashire Constabulary

We have recently launched Operation Rhine, aimed at targeting the criminal and anti-social use of scrambler bikes across West Lancashire.

For a number of years residents across the area, including the towns of Skelmersdale and Ormskirk, have suffered from illegal bikers recklessly riding on pavements, across public spaces and on roads, endangering pedestrians and motorists.

Officers will have support from neighbourhood police and the roads policing unit as part of the operation.

New tactics to tackle the issue include using a spray called SelectaDNA to tag riders, passengers and bikes with a unique but invisible dye. If suspects are arrested or bikes recovered, the spray can link offenders to criminal activities.

Activity throughout the operation includes:
Increased patrols in areas, including parks and other public land.
Enforcement of traffic law on the highway to restrict the activities of illegal riders on our roads.
Use locally gathered intelligence to execute warrants where storage locations are identified
Visits to petrol stations by officers
Partnership work with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, West Lancashire Borough Council and housing associations.

West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership provided the funding for the spray which will help support the police action in dealing with motorcycle nuisance.

Heidi McDougall, West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership Chair, said: “The use of scrambler and off road bikes across West Lancashire has blighted the community for a number of years. We share the frustrations of residents who see reckless behaviour from these illegal riders.

“These individuals pose a danger to pedestrians and other road users, and the consequences of their illegal use can devastate families.

“The partnership is very pleased to be able to give funding support to help this new campaign to crackdown on this activity and protect communities, ensuring parents and children can enjoy public spaces without fear of injury.

“These new tactics and a fresh approach will hopefully make towns and villages across West Lancashire a safer place to live and allow local people to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about the bikes.”

If you have any information please email, report on lancashire.police.reportonline or call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please watch our video for more information.
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