BMX riders saddle up to take on police

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An official flyer © Merseyside Police Huyton Twitter

Official flyer for the event. Pic © Merseyside Police Huyton Twitter

An alternative Bonfire Night event with a speedy twist has been laid on for those who don’t have anything planned.

Knowsley’s Volair Leisure Centre will be co-hosting a free BMX event with Merseyside Police on November 5th.

Riders will receive professional coaching and will also get the chance to race away from their local police officers, all in the name of fun.

Rob Jones, a spokesman for Volair Leisure Centre, told JMU Journalism: “We were asked by Merseyside Police to provide an alternative event for members of the community who are unable to attend an organised fireworks display.

“We have a world class BMX track at the centre and felt it would be a great alternative event for the community.

“The event is free and will give local residents the opportunity to ride the track. Our coaches will be on hand to ensure that bikes and safety helmets are all OK before teaching them to ride the track safely.”

There will be free snacks laid on and bike marking kits will also be available at the event which starts at 4pm and finishes at 8pm.

Dom Westle, a BMX-er who intends to go along, said: “I work in a bike shop and I have a mate who told me about this. We’re going go down together and see if it’s any good.

“Apparently we’re going to be chased by the cops so if that’s actually true that’ll be great.”

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