Police thank member of the public after bike theft attempt in Yate Shopping Centre
9:56am Wednesday 18th June 2014 in News By Alexandra Womack, senior reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury
POLICE have thanked a member of the public whose phone call led to the arrest of a man in Yate.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary was called at 11.45am on Saturday (June 14) after a witness reported seeing a man tampering with the lock of a bicycle parked at Yate Shopping Centre.
Officers attended and a man matching the description was seen running from the area. He was pursued on foot and arrested in nearby Station Road just before midday.
A 32-year-old man was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Neighbourhood PC Finbar Simmons, one of the officers involved in the incident, said: “We’re really grateful to the caller who did exactly the right thing in calling 999 to report what they thought was a crime in progress. Our enquiries into the incident continue.”
He added: “Bikes are a common target for thieves, and we’d always recommend using a good quality lock to secure yours every time you leave it.
“If you have an expensive bike it’s also a good idea to take photos, make a note of the serial number and register it at www.immobilise.com. This deters thieves because it means we can identify the rightful owner and prove a theft.”
For more information on preventing bike theft visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
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