Fury over bike gangs flouting lockdown laws

Images of large gangs of youths on bikes clearly flouting coronavirus lockdown laws have sparked anger amongst Echo readers, with many asking 'where are the parents?'

Yesterday the ECHO highlighted images of large groups of young men on bikes in Otterspool and Sefton Park.

The second image was accompanied by an account from the Friends of Sefton Park, who said the group had been abusive to those asking for space to get past in a safe and distanced way.

The current UK coronavirus rules state that you should only go to parks and similar areas for exercise with members of your own household and not meet up with others.

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The reaction from the people of Merseyside to the images and accounts has been strong.

Commenting on our Facebook page, Allison Metcalf said: "My daughter is nearly 16. She doesn’t go out. Because I don’t let her. That’s my job as a mum."

Andy Day agreed, adding: "They should be getting told to stay home. It's that simple."

James King said: "Where are the parents? Fine them."

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Youths on Mountain bikes at Otterspool.

And he wasn't the only one calling for stronger action from police to try and stop such gatherings potentially putting others in danger.

Pat Wilkinson said: "Disgraceful! No respect for the people who are risking their lives saving others! Spot fines £100 upwards should be given no excuses."

Dorene Smith added: "Come on police, act on this problem before someone gets hurt."

Many of our readers agreed that for some young people, like those pictured, there appears to be a feeling that breaking lockdown rules and the potential further spread of Covid-19 simply won't affect them – but of course it might.

Miriam Croasdale said: "Some of these people will learn the heartbreak way then wont they, this life or death choice, end of no excuses at all."

Grace Fitzpatrick added: "The sad thing is these lads could catch off each other or take the virus home to the vulnerable in there families.

"I know it's hard as I have teenage grandchildren too but please be sensible and do the right thing…nobody wants to die alone."

Mayor Joe Anderson said scenes of lots of people gathering in Sefton Park were an 'insult' to the NHS workers who have died trying to keep people alive during the coronavirus crisis.

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“I’ve seen pictures which show some people are clearly not understanding the severity of the situation.

“Our message is simple If you go the park, keep moving. Walk, run and keep your distance. During the Covid crisis parks, unfortunately, are not a place for stopping and socialising."

Chief Constable Andy Cooke added: "I would urge people in Liverpool to listen to the Government advice and adhere to it. Only by pulling together on this can we hope to prevent the spread of Coronavirus."

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