Merseyside Police has arrested two men and seized a scrambler bike after officers were ridden at in a playing field on Higher Lane in Liverpool.
At around 5.50pm yesterday (Thursday 3 February) officers in the area spotted a man riding a motor vehicle erratically in a field with a group of others that was close to Lower Lane Police Station.
As officers blocked off the field and approached the group one of the men on the bike rode at them and refused to stop the vehicle.
Officers stopped and arrested the man in the field. Another man then got on the vehicle and fled the scene. He was later stopped and arrested by police as he tried to hide the bike in a nearby bush.
Both men aged 18 and 22 from Liverpool and Bootle in Merseyside were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motorbike, driving without a licence and no insurance.
They were taken to a police station in Merseyside and have since been released under investigation.
Matrix Sergeant Thomas Matthews said, “Thanks to the bravery of our officers who could have been seriously injured during the incident this bike has been seized and taken off our streets making our community a safer place.
“I hope this incident shows the risks we take to do everything possible to locate and seize suspected stolen or nuisance bikes and arrest those who are putting the safety of others at risk.
“Operation Brookdale is our ongoing commitment to eradicating the harm that the illegal and anti-social use of off-road bikes cause to the communities in Merseyside, and we will not stop until the problem is completely gone.
“Our best chance of removing this threat is always to know where bikes are being stored before they get out on the streets. If you know where bikes are being stored, either in homes, storage units or elsewhere, please come forward and we will act on all information provided.”
Anyone with information on scrambler bikes can contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’.
You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website here: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously