Police watchdog launch investigation into officer’s attempted stop on electric motorbike

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is appealing for witnesses as part of an independent investigation into the actions of Merseyside Police.

Initial enquiries have established that a 17-year-old was injured when he and a 15-year-old came off an electric motorbike on Priory Road in Anfield, after an officer on foot attempted to stop the electric motorbike.  

The incident happened at approximately 7.30pm on Thursday, 11 January. The male rider of the motorbike sustained serious head injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The 15-year-old male passenger suffered superficial injuries. Both have since been discharged from hospital.

The 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, and possession of a Class B drug. The 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug.

The IOPC began its investigation into the circumstances following a referral from Merseyside Police. The IOPC sent investigators to the scene and to the police post-incident procedure to begin gathering information and evidence.

While the investigation is in the early stages, investigators have already begun reviewing CCTV in the area and obtained initial accounts from the officers involved. 

The IOPC is now appealing for anyone who witnessed any part of the incident to get in contact as soon as possible by emailing prioryroad@policeconduct.gov.uk  or contacting 03003035613.

IOPC Regional Director Catherine Bates said, “We would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity at the time and may have witnessed the incident or the moments leading up to it.

“We have been assessing local CCTV footage but anyone who saw anything or who has dashcam or further footage is encouraged to get in touch with our investigators.”


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