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    Tom Martin

    A HUGE haul of 92 scrambler bikes have been seized by police after they searched a container site in Bootle.

    Specialists Matrix officers made the shocking discovery when they carried out 25 warrants at the facility off Derby Road following tip-offs from local residents.

    Other items found included a machete, a clown mask, helmets, goggles, gloves and footwear which  have all been  seized by police.

    The vehicles include scrambler bikes, quad bikes, mini scrambler bikes and high-powered superbikes.

    Tests have so far established that at least eight of the bikes were stolen.

    The stolen bikes recovered so far include a BMW touring bike stolen from Liverpool earlier this year prior to its owner boarding a ferry to the TT races on the Isle of Man.

    There was also a large quad bike stolen in a burglary in Bootle in May 2016 and a KTM 350 scrambler bike in a robbery in St Helens in 2016.

    Other stolen bikes were from Rainford, Warrington, Birmingham and Derbyshire. Detective Inspector Steve Reardon said: “We will continue to take pro-active action against those involved in the criminal use of scrambler bikes on our roads and will do everything possible to locate and seize suspected stolen or nuisance bikes and arrest those who put the safety of others at risk.”

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