Posted on Friday 19th August

The crackdown on the illegal and anti-social use of mini-motos and off-road bikes has been hardening in Widnes over the last few months.

Operation Scrambler has seen officers from Widnes Local Policing Unit carrying out high visibility patrols in hot-spots at key times, targeting those determined on causing a nuisance to the local community.

Riders have been feeling the effects of this activity and, as a result, an 18 year old local man has been arrested and charged with dangerous driving and using threatening and abusive behaviour, following an incident on Sunday, August 14.

PC Vicki Abraham said: “Widnes LPU is continuing to work extremely hard to tackle this issue. The information we are getting off of the public really is helping us to build up a bigger picture of what is happening, and who is responsible. I am really thankful for the support the public are giving us with Operation Scrambler, and I urge them to continue passing information to us.”

“Our efforts to tackle this issue is ongoing, and we remain committed to seizing these nuisance mini-motos and off-road bikes and prosecuting riders where necessary.”

Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “The illegal use of off-road bikes is an issue that really matters to the communities of Widnes. I am really pleased to see the commitment that Widnes Local Policing Unit has given to targeting those who simply don’t seem to care about the problems they cause in the local community.

“I’m delighted that Operation Scrambler is continuing to deliver positive results for the public.”