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Police hunt scrambler rider thrown through rear window of car after west Belfast crash

Police said those in the car and the rider are 'lucky to be alive'

By Claire Williamson

Police are hunting for a scrambler rider who smashed through the rear window of a car into the back seat following a crash in west Belfast.

The collision happened at around 2.50pm in the Colin Glen Forest Park car park between a car and an unregistered scrambler on Tuesday.

The male rider who was wearing a helmet – but not a motorcycle helmet – and green fishing waders then ran off.

Police are appealing for witnesses and are also appealing for the scrambler rider to come forward as they may require medical attention.

The motorbike has been seized and an investigation is underway.

Police said the occupants of the car and the rider are "lucky to be alive".

Posting on the PSNI West Belfast Facebook page, officers said: "Time and time again police respond to complaints about scramblers and other off-road vehicles being used illegally and often dangerously, by people who have little regard for their own or others safety.

"So I’m repeating our appeal to parents and guardians to play their part. If your child or young person has an 'off road' bike, you must be aware of what they are doing with it and where they are riding it."

"To ride these bikes on any private land you MUST have permission of the landholder. 'Off road' bikes should never be ridden on private land where this consent has not been granted and they should never be used on any public land not designated for such use.

"Police have the power to seize these vehicles and it is important that those riding them illegally recognise that losing their bike and facing prosecution are real possibilities. Officers will always enforce the appropriate legislation to ensure public safety."

Anyone with concerns about the misuse of these vehicles or who has any information about this collision is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Or to provide information anonymously, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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