Man wanted in connection with bike theft

This is The West Country: Man wanted in connection with bike theft Man wanted in connection with bike theft

BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) has released an image of a man officers would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a bicycle from Tiverton Parkway railway station.

Investigators are calling on the public to help identify the man in this photograph as officers believe he may have information vital to their enquiries.

PC Darran Blackwell, one of the investigating officers, said: “The victim secured his specialist road cycle which black with silver lettering at the cycle racks at Tiverton Parkway railway station at about 10am on Friday, 11 October 2013.

“He discovered it missing when he returned to collect it at 8am the following morning.

“Enquiries have been ongoing since the theft to discover who took 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 theft.

“Officers believe he travelled by train between Tiverton Parkway and Taunton station, where this image was taken, on Friday 11 October.”

Unfortunately, bicycles remain a desirable target for many thieves at train stations. However, BTP is cracking down on this type of crime and we have a dedicated team of officers specifically focused on tackling this issue.

PC Blackwell added: “We are undertaking plain clothes and high profile operations to catch thieves in the act. Thieves should also be aware that most cycle racks are covered by CCTV so it’s only a matter of time before we track you down.

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

Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In all calls please quote incident reference WWA/B7 of 10/12/13.

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