Campaign to end off-road bike misery

An off-road bike seized in Haydock
An off-road bike seized in Haydock

A CAMPAIGN to force bikers off parks and open spaces in St Helens has been launched.

The joint initiative between St Helens Council and police is aimed at halting illegal riders.

It is timed to co-incide with the arrival of lighter evenings when officials say there is typically an upsurge in nuisance bikers zooming about the town’s open space.

Insp Keith McLachlan, of St Helens Police, said: “Riding any of these machines on public land, parks, pavements, waste ground or footpaths in St. Helens is illegal.

“If you’re using a motor vehicle that’s causing - or is likely to cause - alarm, distress or annoyance to others, your vehicle will be seized.”

Police will be stepping up patrols in known trouble spots, seizing off-road bikes from anyone found rising them dangerously.

Warning signs have also been put up in areas experiencing problems. To report off-road vehicle nuisance contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0151 709 6010, or you can report without giving your details to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.