Police in Bedford following up a report from a cyclist that his stolen bike was being sold through social media got a huge surprise when they arrived at the advertiser’s address – finding more than 100 bikes there that are believed to have been stolen.
In a post on Facebook, accompanied by a picture of dozens of recovered bikes, Bedfordshire Police said that a 41-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Investigating officer PC Jade Kilbey said: “This was a proactive arrest carried out off the back of intelligence provided by a member of the public who had been a victim of bike theft.
“The number of bicycles we have recovered is significant and it would be great to be able to reunite some of them with their rightful owners.
“We would urge anyone who has had their pedal cycle stolen within the Bedford area in recent weeks to get in contact with the make, model, colour and serial number of their bike, along with any other distinguishing features."
The force says it has received “an overwhelming number of calls” from people hopeful that their own stolen bikes may be among those that have been recovered, and is asking them not to call the non-emergency number 101 due to the volume of calls received.
Instead, anyone who has had a bike stolen in the Bedford area is asked to email jade.kilbey [at] bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk (subject: Bedford%20Bike%20Theft%2040%2F35795%2F20) directly with the subject header 'Bedford Bike Theft 40/35795/20'.
“We are experiencing an extremely high level of response to this so please be patient whilst we investigate each report,” Bedfordshire Police added.
Does anyone actually know of anyone who has actually spent £3500 on wheels? I ackowledge such things exist, but have never seen them in the wild.
Next time someone says that cyclists can run red lights with impunity, I'll point them in the direction of this case....
If there was ever a survey that could be used to decide if people should hold a driving license this would be it.
Totally understand, HO
The constant announcement and then quiet withdrawal of funds for Active Travel suggests that not only are they not sincere, but actively dishonest...
Indeed - there are always three sides to every story; your version, my version and the truth.
'With this funding we can react to the changing market, both in terms of Brexit and Covid-19, '...
The shorts in that photo should be mosaic-ed. No one wants to see that.
I've tried my best to break these and failed. Dozens of tires fitted. The paperclip is only used when fitting and doesn't bend - it's clamped...
(Another rabbit hole) Word is that the French model wasn't a wonderful weapon and especially not for the battlefields but the story is complicated...