Leicester station bike theft: have you seen this man?
Police have today released two images of a man they would like to speak to about a bike theft.
A bike was stolen, and another had its lock damaged, on the morning of November 17 at Leicester station.
Pc Mike Leconte, the British Transport Police (BTP) officer who is investigating the incident, said: "If anyone recognises the man, or knows his whereabouts then please get in touch.
"We would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered a bike in suspicious circumstances to come forward."
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BTP has recently charged a man for stealing cycles at the station, and he has now been given a suspended prison sentence.
Steven Harries (36) of Gaddesby Avenue, Leicester, was charged with the theft of a bike from the station on Thursday, October 18, and after appearing at Leicester Magistrates' Court on Thursday, November 22, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.
Pc Leconte said: "We are determined to track down those responsible for cycle theft and have arrested four people in the last few weeks in connection with the theft of bikes from the station.
"We hope these recent arrests and Harries' sentencing will make would-be thieves think twice."
BTP has released the following tips to help you ensure your bike remains safe:
• Always lock your bicycle whenever you leave it at a designated cycle rack area. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand.
• Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.
• Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
• Do not allow your lock(s) to come into contact with the ground, where they are viewed as more vulnerable.
• Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will be crucial in recovering your bike if it is stolen.
• Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden. Attach a 'Coded Cycle' label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft.
• Do not ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers.
• Register your bicycle at www.immobilise.com or www.bikeregister.com
Anyone with information about the man pictured is asked to call BTP on 0800 40 50 40, quoting B6/NEA of 10/12/2012.
Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.