Don’t gift your bikes to thieves

POLICE are urging cyclists to protect their bikes after a spate of thefts.

The advice comes after a number of pedal cycles were stolen in north Northumberland in less than a week.

Between 11pm on Sunday, July 10, and 9am on Monday July 11, thieves broke into a shed in the Priory Park area of Amble and stole two bikes. One was a pink BMX and the other a Shogun cross-country aluminium bike.

Around the same time, a silver Raleigh mountain bike from the Amble Links caravan park was taken.

Last week, between Friday and Saturday, a black and white Triumph bike, worth £100, was taken from Wooler High Street.

Alnwick Inspector Sue Peart said: “Thieves are stealing bikes as they are relatively quick crimes to commit, especially if the bikes have been left insecure and out on show.

“I’d like to remind people just how important it is to ensure your bike is secure at all times. This includes not only keeping it hidden away out of sight but if it is kept in an outhouse or shed then use a lock to secure your bike to something immovable or heavy inside to make it harder for thieves to steal it.”

Anyone with any information about the thefts at Amble should contact police in Alnwick on 03456 043043 ext 69191 while anyone with any information about the theft at Wooler is asked to contact Wooler police station through 03456 043043. Or contact Crimestoppers annonymously on 0800 555 111.