Added on 26 July 2017 at 09:32
Our work to crack down on people stealing motorbikes in north Bristol continues, with two arrests over the weekend and a stolen bike returned to its rightful owner.
On Sunday evening (July 23) a local PCSO was on patrol in Crow Lane in Henbury when he spotted a suspected stolen motorbike being ridden by two boys. The boys were stopped at the junction of Peverell Road and Loveringe Close, where one of them ran away. The driver of the motorbike was detained and subsequently arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.
The recovered motorbike, which had been stolen the day before from College Road in Clifton, has now been returned to its owner.
The 14-year-old boy from Lawrence Weston has been released under investigation whilst we carry out enquiries.
In a separate incident, a member of the public contacted us on Sunday to report that a motorbike, which had been stolen from Station Road in Henbury the day before, was being ridden on the open space behind Campbell’s Farm Drive and Saltmarsh Drive.
When we arrived, we were able to use a photograph which the member of the public had taken of the boy on the bike, to locate and arrest him on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.
Unfortunately, the bike was not recovered, however, the 13-year-old boy from Lawrence Weston was interviewed and admitted to riding the stolen moped. He was later released under investigation and the case will be reviewed by the youth panel.
Sergeant Robert Cheeseman who is leading the operation to tackle motorbike theft in Bristol said: “The arrests at the weekend show that we are making progress in cracking down on motorbike thefts in the city and will act quickly when we get information that they are being ridden around local streets."
“We know how strongly the motorbike community feel about their vehicles being targeted in this way, which is why we are working closely with them to try and resolve the problem.
“We also understand how annoying and disruptive it is for local people when these lads ride about anti-socially on stolen bikes, so we would urge people to contact us if they suspect someone to be riding a stolen motorbike, just like the person did on Sunday, so we can get there quickly and put a stop to it.”
Four people charged with attempting to steal motorbikes in Bishopston on July 9 are due to appear at Bristol Magistrates Court today (July 26). They were arrested thanks to information from the public who called us when they saw the bikes being targeted.
Follow these tips to keep your motorbike safe from thieves
• Lock your scooter to something immovable like railings, lamp posts or a bike post. Keep chains as tight to the machine as possible and try to ensure they are off the ground.
• Park your scooter where it can be seen, not tucked away in the corner of a dark car park.
• Always lock your scooter at home. Use a cover over your scooter if it is outside. If you can, keep your scooter in an alarmed secure garage.
• Use a proprietary part marking system like Datatag or Alpha Dot to deter professional thieves and help trace your scooter if it is stolen.
• The use of approved anti-theft devices such as Sold Secure or Thatcham may help to reduce your insurance premium.