Two arrested and four bikes recovered after robbery in Huyton

Huyton Seizure

Merseyside Police has arrested two men and recovered four suspected stolen bikes following a knifepoint robbery in Huyton yesterday, Thursday 16 February.

At around 2am, a call was received of a 16-year-old walking with his red and white Aprilia scooter on Bluebell Lane when he was threatened by a hooded offender armed with a knife and had the bike was stolen. The offender jumped on the scooter and rode off.

At 3.45pm, a report was received of two males dressed in black riding a bike on the pavement on Hillside Avenue, neither of whom were wearing helmets. Officers followed the scooter and a total of four vehicles were found in a wooded area of Hillside Avenue, including the one stolen in the earlier offence.

A 19-year-old man of no fixed abode and a 17-year-old boy from Huyton were arrested on suspicion of three counts of theft of a motor vehicle and one count of robbery, and they have been released pending further enquiries. The owner of this bike has been reunited with the vehicle.

Inspector Andy Creer from the Targeted Team said: "The arrests and seizures show our commitment to responding quickly and positively when information is received on the theft and dangerous use of bikes on our streets.

"The victim of the robbery was thankfully unharmed and has now been reunited with his scooter but this must have been a distressing experience and he did the right thing by coming to police immediately.

"I would appeal to anyone with information on the theft, storage and illegal and anti-social use of any bikes to contact us, and we can continue to respond."

Anyone with information on where bikes are being stored and used illegally is asked to call 101, or the Crimestoppers line anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111