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  • Motorbike yobs hurled rocks at police car

    Henry James

    A GROUP of about 20 teenagers on motorcycles causing a nuisance and driving dangerously around Skelmersdale, attacked a police car with rocks smashing a window.

    Officers were called at about 12.50pm on Sunday (January 13) and the incident involving the police car happened on the Pimbo industrial estate. No officers were injured.

    As back-up of officers made their way to the area, more teenagers on motorbikes arrived before heading off at speed in different directions. They were pursued through the town by the police, along with the force helicopter, before entering the neighbouring Merseyside area.

    Inspector Bernie Coburn of Lancashire Police said: “Many residents and drivers will have seen these hoodlums, who have absolutely no respect or consideration for people who live in Skelmersdale, driving at speed and generally causing a nuisance.

    Pre-arranged

    “Our aim was to arrest them and get them off the streets. We followed some of the ringleaders but unfortunately they made off over the border where our colleagues at Merseyside Police took over, supported by the police helicopter.

    “We believe this incident was the result of a pre-arranged meet-up on social media by people from Kirkby. If they return to Lancashire we will be looking to arrest them. If you have seen any videos on social media showing these people driving dangerously on our streets, please make contact with us as you could help our investigation.”

    An Audi A4 linked to those involved, along with a motorcycle believed to have been stolen during a burglary in Southport but used during the incident, have been recovered.

    Merseyside Police confirmed reports of around 20 off-road motorbikes being driven in an anti-social manner in both Kirkby and St Helens. Officers are appealing for information about the identity of the riders and where the bikes are being stored.


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