Police watchdog to probe Liverpool motorbike crash

The police watchdog is investigating whether Merseyside Police officers followed a motorbike before it crashed, seriously injuring a 15-year-old boy.

Two officers on patrol saw someone who was not wearing a helmet riding a scrambler-type bike in County Road, Kirkby, at 2155 GMT on 22 February.

It is believed the bike turned into Old Rough Lane, veered across the carriageway and crashed into a car.

The rider suffered head injuries but has been discharged from hospital.

Merseyside Police referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) due to the proximity of the police car to the motorcycle before it crashed.

Appeal for information

Naseem Malik, IPCC Commissioner for north west England, said: "Clearly this has been a very difficult time for this boy's family and I hope he makes a quick and full recovery.

"One of the first things that needs to be established by our investigators is whether the police vehicle had engaged in a pursuit of the motorcycle or not. At this stage that remains unclear.

"Our investigation will establish whether the officers have complied with force policies and procedures."

She urged anyone with information about the crash to contact the IPCC.

Merseyside Police said it would not be appropriate for them to comment on a continuing investigation.

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