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A 14-year-old boy has today, Friday 2nd February, been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court after the scrambler bike he was riding collided with and killed a pensioner.

The boy, from the L9 area of Liverpool, was sentenced to three years in a young offenders institute.

Margaret ‘May’ Laidlaw, aged 78, from Walton died after being struck by an orange scrambler bike as she crossed the road underneath the flyover at the junction of Queens Drive and Moor Lane in Walton, at 5pm on Saturday 2 December.

The boy rode off from the incident but was arrested by police and charged on 4 December with causing death by dangerous driving; failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision; and driving without insurance.

Detective Inspector Mark Drew said: “This was an absolutely tragic incident in which Mrs Laidlaw, who was simply crossing the road, was struck by a motorbike whose rider callously rode off leaving her seriously injured on the ground.

“Our thoughts today turn to the friends and family of Mrs Laidlaw – her husband of 58 years and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“Merseyside Police will not tolerate the criminal, or anti-social use of scrambler or quad bikes.

“Sometimes the riders of these bikes don’t understand the consequences and that they could seriously harm, or – as in this case – even kill, another member of the public through their reckless driving.

“Some riders are very young and I would appeal to their parents and relatives not to let them buy these bikes in the first place and discourage their children from being tempted to get onto the back of one.

“The anti-social use of these bikes blights our communities and working together with local people and partner agencies, we are determined to tackle drivers who are terrorising our neighbourhoods. Our communities should be reassured that Merseyside Police is working hard to take nuisance vehicles and the criminals who use them off our roads.

“Anyone who takes to the roads illegally and poses a danger to pedestrians and other motorists on our roads, risks losing their licence and if their reckless driving results in injury or death they will face a prison sentence. My messages to these people is ask yourself – is it worth the risk?

“We will not stand idly by and let these offenders think they can run amok in our local communities.

“Merseyside Police wants to send a clear message to anyone using a scrambler illegally in Merseyside – you cannot ride your bike illegally in our parks or open spaces, and we will take the strongest action we can against you.

“I’d like to thank the investigation team for their hard work and the swift arrest of the offender, and the Crown Prosecution Service for helping bring this case to court”