POLICE have been stopping cars and motorbikes for a variety of offences – including defects and for drivers having no insurance.

Officers in St Helens have been sharing images of the cars pulled over or seized as part of the crackdown which aim to make the town's roads safer.

This defective car (below) was among the vehicles seized in St Helens town centre.

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The defective car on Claughton Street, St Helens

A police spokesperson said: "This car had an abrupt end to its journey when it was stopped by traffic officers in Claughton Street, St Helens and was found to be unsafe due to having the following defects: a loose battery, insecure exhaust, defective power steering.

"A prohibition notice was issued and it will not be allowed back on the road until it is safe and all those defects fixed."

Police also pointed to cases where drivers or riders have attempted to flee the scene.

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After an incident in Newton-le-Willows police said: "This bike was seized earlier this evening in Catherine Way, Newton-le-Willows after the rider tried to evade the patrol. His bike was seized as he had no driving licence and no insurance.

"Police said the rider will face a court summons."

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The car was put on a recovery truck in Rainhill

As reported earlier in the week, police also seized a car from a car park in Two Butt Lane, Rainhill after a man allegedly tried to run off before being collared by officers.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of numerous offences and the car was seized for having no insurance.

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The driver of this car had no licence, police say

In another incident in St Helens, this car was removed from the road after an investigation revealed the man who had been using it had a revoked driving licence and no insurance.