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Issue:- 7 August 2014

BTP launches hunt for cycle thieves in Sefton

THE British Transport Police (BTP) Officers in Sefton have released CCTV images of four men they want to speak to in relation to cycle thefts in the area.

Cycle theft is a significant problem for the Rail Industry, with thieves targeting bikes at Stations as they are aware the owners will often be away for relatively long periods of time.

Chief Inspector Malcolm McKinnon said:- "Across the Merseyside network Merseyrail has looked to address the issue by installing cycle cages; secure storage facilities which allow subscribed commuters to leave their bikes away from prying hands and eyes. Sadly some thieves still target the railway in the area and are still managing to steal some cycles."

The men featured in the CCTV images are all sought by officers as BTP believes they have vital information in relation to thefts from Stations in Sefton.

The incidents officers are currently investigating are as follows:-

At about 2.30pm on Sunday, 22 June 2014, a yellow Barracuda cycle was stolen from the bike racks at Blundellsands and Crosby Station. The thief used bolt croppers to cut the lock before riding off on the bike.

At 2.45pm on Tuesday, 1 July 2014, a B Twin Triban 5 racer road bike was stolen from the bike shed at Formby Station. Again the thieves used bolt croppers to cut through the lock before stealing the bike.

2 men were involved in the theft of cycles from Seaforth and Litherland and Blundellsands and Crosby Stations between 3.30pm and 5pm on Thursday, 5 June 2014. 1 man stole a Claud Butler silver and grey bike which had been secure to the fence near to the toilets at Seaforth and Litherland. An hour and a half later the man was then spotted at Blundellsands and Crosby with a 2nd man and the pair stole a black and red Cube hyrbrid cycle from the racks on the Liverpool bound platform.

Ch Insp McKinnon added:- "We are convinced the men captured on CCTV have key information about these thefts and I call on anyone who recognises them to come forward. Bikes are generally stolen to enable the thieves to make quick money by selling them on, so it is possible someone may have bought one of these bikes without knowing they were stolen. If the descriptions of the bike match something you have bought recently please get in touch. We are determined to trace the thieves responsible and to reunite the bikes with their rightful owners."

If you have any information about the thefts, or recognise any of the men, please call British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously. In all calls please quote log:- PSUB/B11 of 6/8/14.

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