Stolen bike operation launched

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POLICE have launched an operation to tackle bike thefts in the district.

Insp Dave Vickers from Morecambe Police, speaking about Operation Chainguard, said: “Aanyone who might know who has got these cycles, please let us know.”

Recent thefts include:

*An Orange Patriot cycle taken from the garden of a house on Kilnbank Avenue in Morecambe in the early hours of August 15;

*A small child’s BMX bike in black with “Go Easy” rooster stickers, taken from the front garden of a house on Balmoral Road in Morecambe between 5pm and 6pm on August 14;

*A dark blue and grey Saracen mountain bike with front suspension and large black Nike forks taken from the front garden of a terraced house on Kingsway, Heysham, on August 14;

*A Scott white and blue bike with 21 gears stolen from outside Morecambe library on August 12 - the chain was cut before the thief took the bike;

*A sky blue SFR bike stolen from Morrisons on August 10 - the offender cut through a steel cable before taking the bike.

Insp Vickers added: “We would ask people to ensure their pedal cycles are secure.

“We’ve had a lot of thefts from front gardens and some have been stolen by metal thieves.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of any stolen bikes should contact police at Lancaster on 63333 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.