70 bicycles are marked in operation

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Police have security marked 70 bikes in crime prevention events in a Northumberland town.

Bedlington neighbourhood policing team have been into local schools and held events in the community as part of the forcewide Operation Soundwave, which aims to keep thieves at bay and promote crime prevention advice.

At an event at Meadowdale Academy, 32 bikes were marked and students were reminded of the importance of keeping their bikes safe and secure.

PCSO Dave Johnston, from Bedlington neighbourhood policing team, said: “The benefits of marking and registering bikes is that they can easily be identified by police should they ever be stolen or go missing and are then recovered.

“Easy identification means that bikes can be quickly reunited with their rightful owners and offenders can be quickly arrested and brought to justice.”

“We are always keen to pass on crime prevention information and advice to make Bedlington a safer place to live,” he added.

“By marking and registering these bikes it will hopefully deter would be thieves in the first place.”

Steve Horsefield, deputy headteacher at Meadowdale Academy, added: “We are tremendously grateful for the contribution Northumbria Police has made to our Academy Safeguarding Campaign.”