Tackling off-road biking nuisance

Youngsters scrambling on a motorbike
Youngsters scrambling on a motorbike

POLICE are using quad bikes as part of a week-long crackdown on the riding of off-road motorbikes on green spaces.

The operation, due to run until this Sunday (June 5), will see specially-trained officers patrolling open spaces in the Billinge area on quad bikes - vehicles which enable them to cover the ground not accessible by car, quickly and safely.

Run in conjunction with the St Helens Community Safety Partnership, the clampdown was launched in response to widespread community concern about the issue.

Insp Chris Gibson said: “Anti-social behaviour has fallen across the area, but the problem of vehicle nuisance continues to concern residents, particularly those living near open spaces.

“This operation is running during the half-term holidays to manage any potential rise in incidents and to ensure that those people who want to, can enjoy the green spaces and countryside safely.”

Coun Sue Murphy, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, safer communities and youth, said: “One of the biggest number of complaints we receive are about the use of off-road motorbikes and we remain committed to clamping down on this behaviour.”