Fireworks, music and crowds drinking at shrine to scrambler biker

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A shrine left in memory of a scrambler biker who died is becoming a "living nightmare" for neighbours with reports of fireworks, loud music, and street drinking at the spot.

A large floral tribute site has built up on Waterpark Drive in Stockbridge Village since 22-year-old Patrick Conway was killed after being hit by a car, two weeks ago.

Bouquets of flowers line the scene, along with balloons, and two banners, one which reads: "RIP Paddy, love from the boys."

But regular reports have been made to both Merseyside Police and senior officials at Knowsley Council about nuisance problems at the spot where the crash happened.

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There have been claims that often up to '50 people' have been seen at the spot, which flouts the current social distancing rules – due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among the incidents at the street-side shrine reported to police are fireworks being set off in the early hours of the morning, barbecues being lit, alcohol being drunk in the street, bushes being used as a toilet and loud music blaring out from car stereos, parked up on the public pavement.

Merseyside Police at an incident on Waterpark Drive in Stockbridge Village, Liverpool.

A fire pit is sometimes burning and rubbish often left strewn close to the shrine, which is sometimes later brushed up and left in bin bags the following day.

On one occasion, locals described the scene as "like something from a rave," with young children running about, and mums with babies in prams.

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Mr Conway died after the scrambler bike he was on collided with a black Vauxhall Astra after which the car driver fled the scene on Monday, April 20.

The 27-year-old, from Huyton, was found the following day and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, before the news Mr Conway had died.

The suspect has since been released on bail.

One concerned member of the community, among numerous people to flag up the problem, said: "I thought we were meant to be on lockdown?

"I don't understand why this is allowed to happen. If we went out in big groups, we'd get pulled straightaway.

"Coronavirus and social distancing seems to have gone out the window at this shrine on Waterpark Drive.

"The only time these people don't congregate is when there is rain.

"People in Stockbridge Village are living a nightmare."

Reports are being made regularly to Merseyside Police about the anti-social behaviour, but it is understood no firm action has been taken.

Knowsley MP George Howarth and the council's chief executive Mike Harden are aware of the problem and have been in discussions with police.

Merseyside Police at an incident on Waterpark Drive in Stockbridge Village, Liverpool.

The local authority boss has promised: "Merseyside Police will continue regular patrols in the area and continue to liaise with the family to avoid any further incidents."

Today, Knowsley's community policing Chief Inspector Phil Mullally said: “I understand the concerns of the community and we are continuing to engage with them and carry out high visibility patrols in the area.

"We are also in regular contact with the family of Mr Conway together with our local community partners.

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"I understand that for some this is a difficult time but I would remind people that rules around social distancing remain in place and I would urge them to be sensitive and respectful to local residents, pedestrians and road users."

Police have asked people with concerns over "noise or traffic issues" concerning the shrine to contact them on Twitter, using @MerPolCC, or by ringing 101.

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