Bikes seized from 'Scrambler' crackdown donated to world famous display team Date published: 27th September 2016 9.55am

Five 'scrambler' bikes have been donated to the Royal Signals White Helmet Display Team following Cheshire Police's crackdown on nuisance off-road bikes and mini-motos.

Widnes and Runcorn officers have been carrying out high visibility patrols in hot spot areas targeting those intent on causing a nuisance through Operation Scrambler.

The success of the operation is a result of the information provided by the public. Officers were able to identify offenders, subsequently seizing these five scrambler bikes.

The Royal Signals White Helmets are made up of 30 volunteer soldiers, and tour Britain from April to September every year demonstrating the skills, attributes and personal qualities demanded of a modern Royal Signals soldier.

The donated scrambler bikes will make their training camps not just more effective, but will ultimately help the trainers produce better riders.

The White Helmets Display Team support events which raise money for different charities.

Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane said: "I am delighted that as a result of Operation Scrambler, we’ve been able to take these bikes off the road and out of our communities for good, while also supporting the work of our armed forces.

"Since coming into office the problem of scrambler bikes has been raised with me by local residents and councillors. It is an issue that really matters in these communities and I am really pleased to see riders feeling the effects of the ongoing operation."

Sergeant Mike Arnold from the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team said: "Up until now our volunteers have been using the same bikes to train and display on. The bikes donated from Cheshire Police will be used to train riders who have never ridden a motorcycle prior to attending our two week selection camp. Riders that without these donated bikes, would be riding our aging fleet of display motorcycles.

"To be able to teach someone on a newer, lighter and smaller engine machine will help both my training staff and I tailor our training to be more progressive and effective in the short time we have to train them.

"Thank you Cheshire Police for donating these bikes to our display team."