Thursday 9 March 2016
COMMUNITIES blighted by the dangerous, anti-social and illegal use of off-road bikes are being urged to speak out anonymously to help take them off the streets.
We’ve teamed up with Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy and Merseyside Police to launch the initiative which encourages people to come forward with information about the location of unlicensed and uninsured bikes so they can be seized.
The campaign sees leaflets being delivered to up to 15,000 homes in ‘hotspot’ areas across Merseyside, asking people to give information about the use of nuisance bikes and where they are being stored anonymously to us - we are only interested in what information callers have, not who they are.
Advan to tour
A giant ‘advan’ featuring the campaign message will travel around areas which have already been seriously affected by the misuse of off-road bikes, including Stockbridge Village, while a radio campaign will also take the message into thousands of households across Merseyside.
CCTV footage, captured by City Watch, has also been released to highlight the dangerous way the bikes are being used, even on pedestrian walkways and around children. The six examples show riders doing wheelies on the Strand, driving onto pavements near pedestrians and ‘donutting’ by using their handbrakes to repeatedly spin their bike: https://youtu.be/WQR8jqReFd0.
The launch comes just nine days after 20-year-old James Kinsella, from Bootle, was jailed for 12 months after being caught on camera riding an off-road motorbike through the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle on January 7th this year, narrowly missing shoppers including mums with prams.
Following the launch in Stockbridge Village, the advan will visit the surrounding areas, before touring Toxteth and Dingle and Bootle and Litherland and over the next couple of weeks, leaflets and posters will also be distributed across key hotspot areas in Liverpool 8, Sefton, Kirkby and the Wirral.
Crimestoppers in Merseyside receives over 4,000 pieces of anonymous information each year, which lead to a significant number of arrests and positive action taking against those who seek to damage our communities.
Who's using them?
Our North West Regional Manager Gary Murray said: “I would appeal to the public to contact us about where these bikes are stored and who is using them.
“Together we can get these bikes off the streets and make them safer for your family. We do not know the identity of anyone who contacts us or cannot trace your call, we just want your information, not your name”.
Anyone with information about where these bikes are being stored or has any information should contact Crimestoppers anonymously 24/7 on 0800 555 111. Information can also be passed anonymously through our Anonymous Online Form.