Police praised for confiscating child’s quad bike

Police praised for confiscating child's quad bike

A child riding a quad bike in a main road filled with traffic “could have been devastating”, readers said.

On Saturday Wirral Police revealed they had to confiscate a quad bike from a nine-year-old child after they were caught riding it down a busy main road.

The child was caught on Conway Street, in Birkenhead, before the bike was seized.

Officers said they faced “abuse” from the child’s parent.

The force said: “Parents spoke to but thought it was fine and were actually abusive to us for taking it.

“We continue to enforce the dispersal zone today in the area and will seize bikes used anti socially and dangerously.”

ECHO readers hit out at the dangerous behaviour.

AE Jarvis wrote: ” The kid was riding it in the road, if a car had hit [them] it would have been devastating.

“Well done to the police for trying to educate the parents. Yes, play on it, but not on the road.”

David Formston added: “No doubt [they’re] going to get himself killed. Horrible thing to say but a nine-year-old should not be riding that on the road.

“Go to a big, open field if you feel you need to ride a [quad].”

But Twitter user @JohnjoL20 said: “Ridiculous taking the kids’ quad bike. Maybe if people had more places to take their kids to ride motorbikes and quad bikes, people wouldn’t have to ride them round the streets.”

Although not clear what day and time this took place, Wirral Police shared their astonishment at the incident on Saturday afternoon, online.

In a post on social media, police wrote: “Imagine this driving all over Conway street in Birkenhead in and out of traffic.

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“That’s what happened yesterday and so was seized accordingly from a nine-year-old riding it.

“Parents spoke to but thought it was fine and were actually abusive to us for taking it.

“We continue to enforce the dispersal zone today in the area and will seize bikes used anti socially and dangerously.”

Many people commented in shock below the post, on Facebook.

Angie Feetenby wrote: “Wow, nine years old. Wow, my son is nine in October [and he] wouldn’t even have a clue how to work one of them, or even attempt to ride in [and] out of traffic. “

Kayleigh Louise Winter wrote: “Glad the police took it before [they] hurt himself or another member of public. I was playing Kirby outside with my friends at [their] age, not playing on little quads or motorbikes.”

And Pippa Blessing added: “Need to crack down on scrambler bikes – real nuisance.”

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