POLICE have condemned "fools" who caused havoc on St Helens roads during Sunday afternoon.

Officers fielded numerous calls from concerned members of the public about a group of six to eight scrambler riders and a man on a quad bike riding recklessly around the town.

Residents shared footage on social media and expressed their disgust as the yobs ignored the Government's lockdown measures and police warnings.

Among the areas where they caused havoc was Sutton Mill Dam.

Chief Inspector Jason Crellin said: "Most people are currently abiding by Government legislation to stay at home and only leave for essential reasons, or to exercise.

"But these fools have taken no heed of the Government advice and have no regard for the danger they are putting others in.

"Due to the lockdown we are able to move our resources more quickly around the force and as a result we were able to take proactive action and one man was arrested, two scrambler bikes and a quad bike were seized."

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit attended the area and were able to track the bikers with the support of the National Police Air Service helicopter.

A 26-year-old man from Sutton Manor, was arrested for aggravated unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, driving offences and breaching Covid-19 legislation.

The quad bike he was riding was also seized.

Another man riding a bike in a field was stopped by officers and his quad bike seized.

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Chief Inspector Crellin added: “These people were riding their scrambler bikes around St Helens without any thought about the danger they were putting others in.

"Some of the calls we received were from concerned members of the public who had seen them riding dangerously close to other members of the public."

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"Our officers received really positive feedback from members of the public who live in the Sutton Mill Dam area, where the riders had been causing havoc.

"Our promise to our communities is that we will continue to take proactive action against those involved in the criminal use of scrambler bikes on our roads and public spaces, and we will do everything possible to locate and seize suspected stolen or nuisance bikes and arrest those who are putting the safety of others at risk.

"Such behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated on the streets of Merseyside and our response reflects how seriously we take this issue.

"I would urge anyone with information which could help us take these bikes out of circulation and make our streets safer to keep coming forward."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.