Appeal after series of bike thefts
Police are appealing for information after a series of bike thefts in Ashington.
A Fuji road bike, Forme cross bike, Eastway Hybrid bike and a Carrera mountain bike were stolen from St Andrew’s Terrace between 5.15pm on Tuesday and 6.05am the following day.
At around 6.30pm on Wednesday, April 6, a black mountain bike was stolen from College Road.
Between 8.15pm on Wednesday, April 6 and 6.05am today (Thursday) a Carrera mountain bike was stolen from a garden shed in Heatherhope.
At 8.50pm on Wednesday a diamond black mountain bike was stolen from The Cree.
In addition, at 6.30am today, police received a report of an attempted bike theft in College Road. The offender made off empty handed.
Police are appealing for witnesses to these crimes or anyone with information about the whereabouts of the bikes to come forward.
Ashington Neighbourhood Sergeant, Michael Aspey, said: “The majority of bike thefts can be avoided if cyclists ensured their bikes were secured.
“Unfortunately there are opportunist thieves who will take advantage if they see a bike propped up against a wall or lying in a garden.
“It takes a few moments to put the bike away in a secure shed or garage or lock a bike to a secure post - this will act as a deterrent to opportunist thieves.
“We’re advising people to make sure they use a good quality locks - preferably a D-lock - and to lock their bike up whenever they leave it unattended, even if it is only for a few moments.
“I’d also urge residents to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to police so we can investigate.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Cyclists should register their bike with free property registering site www.immobilise.com, which will ensure if it is stolen and later recovered, it is easily returned to its rightful owner.
For further crime prevention advice visit www.northumbria.police.uk