We have arrested two people and recovered a suspected stolen motorbike following an incident in Liverpool last night, Thursday, 24 January.
At around 8pm, three off-road motorbikes being ridden dangerously in Liverpool city centre came to the attention of officers.
The bikes were followed to McDonalds on Blundell Street, where officers parked in the drive through area to prevent their exit. One of the bikes was then driven at speed towards the officers, before the offenders attempted to make off from the scene.
With the assistance of a member of the public, officers detained two males and a knife, a quantity of cannabis and a suspected stolen bike were recovered.
A 19-year-old from the Litherland area was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a class B drug.
A 19-year-old male also from Litherland was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a bladed article.
They have both been taken to local police stations for questioning.
Chief Inspector Diane Pownall said: “The reckless and dangerous use of off-road bikes is simply unacceptable and we are pleased that the quick thinking of the officers involved resulted in another one being removed from our streets. The officers involved showed dedication and bravery and despite one sustaining a hand injury, they still managed to detain two males. I would also like to thank the member of the public who showed great courage in stepping in to assist the officers as they detained and arrested those involved.
“This is an example of how off-road bikes can cause significant nuisance, stress and danger to members of our communities and we are committing to taking all possible measures to eradicate the problem.
“An investigation into the incident is ongoing and we are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the bikes being ridden in the area or has any information to assist our enquiries.
"Likewise, if you have information on where these bikes are being stored, where they are regularly being ridden, and what vehicles are transporting them – let us know, report online, call Crimestoppers, or send a message to us on social media. We will take action whenever we can to remove dangerous vehicles from the streets."
Anyone with information on who is using these bikes and where they are being stored is asked to contact @MerPolCC, to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.