'Wrong way' Liverpool quad bike teen 'lucky to be alive'

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Media captionFootage of a quad bike being driven the wrong way into oncoming traffic in Liverpool

A teenage boy who rode a quad bike the wrong way into oncoming traffic in Liverpool city centre is "lucky to be alive", police have said.

Footage of the incident has been released by Merseyside Police as part of their clampdown on the dangerous and anti-social use of off-road bikes.

There have been 16 arrests and 28 off-road bikes seized, some believed to be stolen, in raids conducted earlier.

They follow the death of three people in off-road bike crashes.

Officers executed warrants at 14 properties in Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley as well as one in Greater Manchester.

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Image caption Police try to reunite stolen bikes with their owners, while others will be crushed or donated to charity

Ch Supt Jonathan Roy of Merseyside Police said: "We know that many people are plagued by the problem of off-road vehicles and actually find them incredibly intimidating.

"When they are ridden dangerously, they pose a huge risk, not only to the safety of the rider, but also to pedestrians and other law-abiding road users."

The said the case of the youth riding a quad bike on the wrong side of the road into busy traffic "clearly highlights" those risks.

Police said the teenager involved was arrested and subsequently banned from driving for a year. He was also given a youth rehabilitation order and a curfew.

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