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Scrambler seized by officers in west Belfast

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Tennent Street officers on patrol on Monday evening, seized a scrambler.

Police observed the bike driving on the Shankill Road at around 11.40 pm, by a man not wearing a helmet, the bike made off from the scene.

A short time later officers observed the same scrambler driving with two males on board around the Shankill Road area at speed, beeping its horn.

The bike drove onto Hopewell Crescent before hitting a curb and both men falling off, one made off from the scene on foot and another attempted re-start the bike but was then prevented to leave by police.

Follow up enquiries by police resulted in locating the other male, both will now be reported to the PPS. 

Chief Inspector Alan Lowry said: “We know this is an issue of concern in the community, and we want to reassure you it’s one we take seriously.

“The road conditions were icy on Monday night and when these machines are being driven at speed, creating a nuisance in built-up areas, close to people and homes, this is dangerous and reckless. 

“This was good work by officers who apprehended one of the men on foot and then were able to track down the other man without a pursuit.

“Not only is there the impact on people’s lives in the community, but there are also serious safety concerns.

“We will continue to work proactively to apprehend those involved in this anti-social and criminal behaviour. Our appeal is to anyone who witnesses this activity to report it to us immediately. That way we can respond faster. You can also make a report to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

“Some scramblers do not comply with Construction and Use Regulations and Vehicle Safety Standards and therefore are restricted to “off-road” use only. This does not mean that they can be driven anywhere off-road. These vehicles should only be driven on private land where the landowner has given permission and should not be driven on pavements, roads, public property or parks. Insurance and safety equipment must be complied with as well in order to drive these vehicles legally.

“To anyone thinking about buying these vehicles, we urge them to first think about where it is going to be used and the legalities surrounding its’ use.”

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