‘Tougher response’ needed after woman hit by bike fights for life

People have expressed anger at reports gangs of off road bike riders are still tearing through the streets of Roby a day after an accident left a woman fighting for her life.

The woman, who is in her 20s, was critically injured after she was hit by a scrambler bike on Court Hey Road in Huyton on Monday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 12.45pm to reports of an off-road bike crashing into a pedestrian.

Yesterday, police confirmed the woman's condition was 'critical'.

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The 29-year-old rider was also injured and taken to hospital and road closures were put in place on the road.

After we reported that scrambler bikes were spotted racing through the streets of Roby just one day after the accident, people angrily took to Facebook to say tougher measures are needed to deal with the illegal riders.

Angela Gilligan said: "Government need to bring law in to be able to arrest anyone between 10 and 17 who commit offences – name and shame them and also the parents. Old enough to commit crime old enough to face the consequences.

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Wendy Gerrard also said parents of the scrambler riders needed to face the consequences, she said: "Laws need to be changed. I don't understand why people are able to purchase them without having proof of access to private land to use them. Kids need arresting and made to do unpaid work and parents need fining."

Lorraine Davies posted: "These laws need to be changed – no wonder kids are out [of] control they know they only get slap on the wrist time and time again. About time they got tougher on them".

Shane Huxley said even more forceful action was needed by police: "Maybe if police actually targeted these gangs. Pursued the bikes and knocked them off like London met police do. This wouldn’t have happened!! The police are failing Liverpudlians while these gangs prosper".

Terence Cartwright didn't mince his words: "Lock the rats up, nothing but scum, no respect for the public."

While Derek Fairhurst posted: "Only a matter of time until this happened".

Merseyside Police at Court Hey Road in Roby, Huyton

Concerning reports that off road bikes were still being driven dangerously on the roads in the area today, Chief Inspector Jay Crellin said: "We were contacted by a member of the public following reports that the bikes were being ridden in an antisocial manner.

"Officers were immediately deployed to the area and we worked alongside the National Police Air Service helicopter to trace them.

"Through our dedicated Operation Brookdale, we will continue to work to eradicate the illegal use of these bikes, and I would like to emphasise how important the help of the public is in doing this.

"If you know of where these bikes are being ridden or stored, let us know so we can take action.

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"We regularly seize such vehicles off the back of your information, and if we can do so before they are out causing harm in the communities, then all the better. All information can and is acted upon to take illegally used vehicles from the streets."

An investigation is underway and CCTV enquiries are being carried out.

Anyone with information on the anti-social and nuisance use of off-road bikes or knows where off-road bikes are being stored illegally is encouraged to keep reporting incidents to @MerPolCC, call 101 or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 and we will keep taking action #OpBrookdale

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