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Do you know this man? Police appeal after Foregate Street bike theft

Worcester Editorial 16th Apr, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

POLICE want to speak to this man in connection with the theft of a bicycle from Worcester Foregate Street.

British Transport Police have just released a CCTV image of someone they believe will have key information following the incident which took place on Monday, February 24.

The victim locked up his dark blue coloured Merida mountain bike in the cycle racks at the station about 11am.

But when he returned at 10.30pm he discovered his bike was missing from the racks.

PC Carol Dade, who is investigating the theft, said: “Enquiries have been ongoing since the theft took place to discover the identity of the person responsible for stealing the cycle.

“I am today able to release a photograph of a man I would like to speak to as I believe he will have key information about this incident.”

PC Dade added bicycles remained a desirable target for many thieves at train stations, but reassured the public British Transport Police was cracking down on this type of crime and had a dedicated team of officers specifically focused on tackling this issue.

Officers are working closely with cycle and second-hand shops in the area and monitoring online auction and advertising sites to make it more difficult for thieves to sell on stolen property.

Anyone with information on who the man in the CCTV image is or knows of his whereabouts should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.

Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In all calls quote the reference GSUB/B3 of April 16, 2014.

ADVICE FOR KEEPING BICYCLES SAFE AND SECURE:

-Always lock your bicycle whenever you leave it at a designated cycle rack area. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand.

-Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.

-Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.

-Do not allow your lock(s) to come into contact with the ground, where they are viewed as more vulnerable.

-Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will be crucial in recovering your bike if it is stolen.

-Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden. Attach a ‘Coded Cycle’ label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft.

-Do not ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers.

Register your bicycle at www.immobilise.com or www.bikeregister.com

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