Boy ‘breaks toes’ as his scrambler bike mounts pavement

A scrambler-bike rider sustained suspected broken toes after crashing into a bin on the pavement when police rushed to reports of a gang smashing up a truck.

Merseyside Police attended Kirkby Industrial Park after reports were made of people causing criminal damage to the vehicle.

A boy, 16, was seen on an off-road bike close to the location, at 11.20pm on Saturday night, according to the Force.

He mounted the pavement and crashed into the bin, which left him with injuries to his toes, which were thought to be broken.

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The boy was not arrested, but detained and taken to hospital.

He will likely be spoken to by police when he is able to do so.

A large police presence was seen in the area, with at lease five emergency vehicles, including cars and vans.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing following an incident in Kirkby on Saturday, 18 July.

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"At around 11.20pm, officers were called to Kirkby Industrial Park on Marl Road to reports of criminal damage of a truck.

"A 16-year-old boy was seen riding a scrambler bike close to the location and came off the road, suffering injuries to his toes.

"He was detained and taken to hospital for treatment.

"Our investigation continues into the circumstances.

"Anyone who witnessed this incident or captured any vehicles driving at speed in the area around 11pm on dashcam or CCTV is asked to contact via our social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’.

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"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at:"

The action was part of Operation Brookdale, the ongoing Merseyside Police response targeting the illegal and anti-social use of off-road bikes across the county.

Off-road vehicles have blighted communities across the region over recent years, with their use even being linked to shootings, fatal crashes and a murder.