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Issue:- 3 July 2014

Help find Charity Ride Stolen Bikes

MERSEYSIDE Police are continuing to appeal for information about the theft of 5 bikes stolen from a van parked near to Anfield football stadium on Saturday, 28 June 2014. The bikes had been placed in the van pictured below, as a group of charity fundraisers during a visit to Anfield Football Stadium.

Twitter Pic, - Posted by Debi McMilan 96.

Above JFT96 @DebiMcMillan96 posted on Twitter  this photograph of the lads outside the broken-in van just before start of @rideforthe96.

The 5 cyclists from the Justice For The 96, Hillsbough campaign group had the white van parked at the Walton Breck Road End of Venmore Street, at around 10.15am while they went on a tour of the stadium.   Sadly when they returned to the vehicle shortly, at around 12 noon, they discovered that a window had been smashed and the driver's side door was forced open.  
The offender/s stole 5 bikes that the group had brought over from Ireland in order to take part in the 'Ride For The 96' charity bike ride, that took place the following day, on Sunday, 29 June 2014.  Also stolen were the group's luggage, including a number of t-shirts with the charity's name on them, passports, the van's Sat Nav and a quantity of cash.  
Full descriptions of the stolen bikes and other items have been circulated to all mobile and foot patrols in the area and Officers are appealing for anyone who is offered bikes or belongings matching the following descriptions to call the Police immediately.  
Red and black Verenti bike.

Black, red and white Giant 'Defi X2'.

Red and white Giant 'Defi X2'.

Blue and white Giant composite.

Pink and black Turas with the name "Sophie" on the frame.
Crime scene investigators have also examined the vehicle and detectives are carrying out CCTV enquiries from the area.  
Chief Inspector Chris Hitchell from Liverpool North command team, said:- "This is an absolutely terrible thing to happen to anyone visiting our city but it is made worse by the fact that this group are here to raise money for charity and a cause which is dear to so many Liverpudlians' hearts.   Everything possible will be done to identify the offenders responsible for this despicable theft and I would call on people within the local area to help us get these bikes back quickly.   All 5 are very distinctive and I would urge anyone who knows where they are being hidden or offered for sale to do the decent and honourable thing and call the Police or Crimestoppers.   The victims have travelled all the way over from Ireland to raise money for the families of the Hillsborough victims and they are understandably distraught at what has happened."  

Stuart Fitzgerald commented on Twitter:- "Still fuming over this. 6 bikes disappearing that quickly with nobody noticing... My ****!"

Lets help them catch the one or ones responsible for the 6 bikes disappearing bikes. Call St Anne Street CID on:- 0151 777 4065 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

Photographs of 4 of the missing bikes, that have been supplied by Merseyside Police to the media are below:-

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