Two boys, one aged 12, have been arrested after a teenage girl was knocked over by a scrambler bike in St Helens
The pair were held following the collision on Ashtons Green Drive, Sutton, at around 2.50pm today (Friday).
The 15-year-old victim was rushed to hospital suffering from serious head injuries.
Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The two lads, aged 12 and 16, were arrested shortly after the collision in nearby Watery Lane on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and motoring offences.
A scrambler bike has been recovered from the scene and will be forensically examined.
Chief Insp Tony Jones said: “Our inquiries into this incident are at an early stage but we believe the scrambler bike was being ridden in a dangerous and anti-social way prior to the collision, and mounted the pavement.
“It is not believed the males were wearing helmets.
“The riding of scrambler bikes in this way is putting other road users and pedestrians 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 this bike being ridden by two males in anti-social manner at around 2.30pm please come forward.”
Chief Insp Tony Jones added: “We will continue to take pro-active action against those involved in the criminal use of scrambler bikes on our roads 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.
“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure communities across Merseyside that we understand their concerns about scrambler bikes and are relentless in our efforts to tackle them.
“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 on who is using these bikes and where they are being stored is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.