A 21-YEAR-OLD Widnes man who was seen on a stolen motorbike involved in a police pursuit in Liverpool has been sentenced.

On June 23 last year, the stolen Honda motorbike was seen by roads officers with two men onboard as it travelled along Leeds Street, Liverpool.

Officers on unmarked motorbikes followed the vehicle until it eventually arrived in Everton View.

The officers then approached the two men, who abandoned the stolen motorbike and made off on foot.

They were detained nearby on Netherfield Road.

The bike had been stolen from the Plymouth area in January 2018, police say.

Anthony Campbell, 21, of Abbey Close, Widnes, was given 99 weeks detention after being found guilty of affray and handling stolen goods.

Meanwhile, Jamie Hunt, 25, of Harlow Close, St Helens, was given 30 weeks detention suspended for 18 months after being found guilty of affray and handling stolen goods.

Both men had appeared at Liverpool Crown Court.

Police welcomed the sentences as they continue a campaign to target illegal use of bikes.

Sergeant Dave Yorke from Matrix Roads Policing said: “We won’t tolerate the illegal use of motorcycles on Merseyside and our Operation Brookdale campaign which targets the illegal and antisocial use of bikes continues as a year-round operation.

“I would ask anyone who has information about where stolen motorbikes, or bikes which are being ridden in an antisocial manner, are being stored or who is riding them to contact us so we can take positive action.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact traffic police on 0151 777 5747.