British Transport Police (BTP) has today released a number of CCTV images of people they want to speak to in connection with several bicycle thefts in Worthing in the past few months.
Officers are asking anyone who recognises the people pictured, or who has any information about the thefts, to get contact police immediately.
Image 1 – West Worthing
On Saturday, August 31st between 5.40 pm and 11.20 pm, a red cross-frame lightweight alloy bike worth £330 was stolen from cycle racks on the station platform. The bike also had high-speed alloy road wheels, custom mudguards fitted with cable ties and three noticeable chips to the paintwork.
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Image 7 – Worthing
A black Carrera Vengeance mountain bike with white writing, worth £265, was stolen from Worthing station between 2pm on Sunday, October 2nd and 10am the following day.
Image 8 – Durrington
A black Claud Butler Explorer 100 hybrid cycle, worth £330, was secured at the cycle racks near the main entrance to Durrington station at 4pm on Tuesday, October 8th with a combination cable lock. When the owner returned at 10.30pm, the bike was missing and the lock had been broken and left.
The investigation is led by PC Billy Burstow, based at BTP’s Brighton office, and follows the recently-launched Operation Wiggins, a nationwide initiative to crackdown on cycle theft at train stations across the country.
As part of the operation, posters will be placed at bike racks advising cyclists how to correctly and securely lock their cycles.
PC Billy Burstow said: “Bicycles remain a popular target for thieves but there are a number of ways people can help lessen their chances of becoming a victim of crime, like ensuring their property is adequately marked and secured.
“It’s also important to remember to register your bike and ensure a solid lock is used to secure it. If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore helps reduce the risk of theft.
”BTP officers regularly conduct cycle crime awareness surgeries at stations across Sussex to offer crime prevention advice and identify the top locations for bike theft, targeting them through covert and overt policing operations to catch would-be offenders in the act.
“We continue to work closely with train companies to tackle cycle crime.”
Anyone who recognises any of the people pictured should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference B3/LSA of 03/01/13 quoting the image number.