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Gardaí seize seven scrambler bikes in raids across Ballyfermot and Clondalkin in Dublin

Two of the bikes seized were confirmed to be stolen

Some of the scramblers seized in the Garda raids

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Seven scrambler and one quad bike have been seized by Gardaí following raids on houses in south Dublin.

No arrests have been made in the major Garda operation aimed at tackling the illegal use of the bikes in Ballyfermot and Clondalkin in recent months.

Five homes were searched by Gardaí probing a number of incidents of criminal damage in public parks and endangerment to members of the public posed by scrambler users.

“As a result of the searches a total of seven scrambler motorbikes and one quad bike were seized,” Gardaí revealed.

A quad captured in the raid

“At this stage of the investigation two of the bikes seized are confirmed as stolen and we are currently in the process of reuniting them with their rightful owners.

“No persons were arrested during this morning's operation and investigations are ongoing.”

In December councillors welcomed a €200,000 government funded initiative to tackle illegal scramblers and quad bikes

The funding which was announced as part of a proposal by The Anti-Social Behaviour Forum and is targeted at communities in Dublin and Limerick.

Sinn Fein councillor Daithí Doolan welcomed the move: "This initiative is to be welcomed. Receiving €62,000, Cherry Orchard is the main beneficiary.”

“The fund will be targeted at 98 young people currently involved in illegal scramblers use. It is definitely a step in the right direction.

The community approach seeks to address the misuse of the off-road vehicles.

“The Government must now ensure this funding remains in place over the next few years. Once-off funding will not properly tackle the problem of illegal scramblers.

Announcing the scheme earlier this year, Minister of State for Law Reform, James Browne TD said that the anti-social use of scramblers and quad bikes poses a risk to safety as well as impacting other residents.

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