Seventeen people have been arrested and 17 scrambler bikes seized (since early October) by Merseyside Police in an operation which is also using SelectaDNA to identify scrambler bike gangs causing chaos in the city.
The rise in arrests and seizures comes as Merseyside Police continue Operation Brookdale, which has previously resulted in over 40 arrests and 90 bikes seized.
The latest police action, which has seen 10 properties raided this month alone, was sparked by a joyride through Liverpool that more than 60 off-road vehicles took part in at the beginning of October. The convoy jumped red lights, cut in front of traffic and did wheelies outside Merseyside Police’s headquarters.
Police have also been using SelectaDNA Spray to track down offenders during the Operation. The handheld devices can be sprayed by officers at suspected illegal and anti-social scrambler bikes, marking the bikes, clothing and skin of any riders and passengers with a uniquely coded but invisible dye. If suspects are arrested or bikes recovered, the DNA code will link offenders to bikes and any associated criminal offences.
The spray is similar to door-mounted DNA sprays used by shopkeepers across Merseyside, which have led to reductions in business robberies under force Operation Aquila.
Inspector Tony Byrne of the Dogs and Mounted section said: "Acts of anti-social behaviour, dangerous driving and intimidation against members of our communities and our officers will not be tolerated, and this is another great tool in finding and prosecuting offenders.
"The spray means that if you attempt to drive dangerously near to our officers, you are not untouchable. Even a drop of DNA spray will mark riders and their bikes for a long time, and this tactic will undoubtedly lead to more seizures and prosecutions. One spray will put you away."
Superintendent Jenny Sims, leading Operation Brookdale, said: "As we have shown with Operation Aquila, DNA spray is another way to deter and catch those who continue to cause problems in our communities.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "This is another great example of Merseyside Police using modern technology to prevent crime, catch the perpetrators and keep our communities safe. These sprays have helped to reduce business robberies and I am sure they can now be beneficial in targeting the anti-social and criminal use of scrambler bikes.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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