Hassocks cycle thefts appeal by police

Image 2 - image from Hassocks station released by British Transport Police
Image 2 - image from Hassocks station released by British Transport Police

British Transport Police has today (Friday) released a number of CCTV images of people they want to speak to in connection with bicycle thefts from Sussex railway stations.

Two of the thefts occurred at Hassocks station and officers are asking anyone who recognises the people pictured, or who has any information about the thefts, to get contact police immediately.

IMAGE 2 - The owner of a black Giant Roam 3 hybrid bike with yellow stripes and worth £420, left it secured in the cycle racks at Hassocks station between 7.25am and 7pm on Thursday September 9.

When he returned the bike was missing and the lock had been cut and left behind.

IMAGE 9 - On Tuesday October 8, a white Carrera Centos 20” frame was stolen from the cycle racks outside Hassocks station sometime between 8am and 5pm.

The bicycle is worth in the region of £400 and features large wheels with blue dustcaps.

The investigation is led by PC Billy Burstow, based at BTP’s Brighton office, and follows the recently-launched Operation Wiggins, a nationwide initiative to crackdown on cycle theft at train stations across the country.

As part of the operation, posters will be placed at bike racks advising cyclists how to correctly and securely lock their cycles.

PC Billy Burstow said: “Bicycles remain a popular target for thieves but there are a number of ways people can help lessen their chances of becoming a victim of crime, like ensuring their property is adequately marked and secured.

“It’s also important to remember to register your bike and ensure a solid lock is used to secure it.

“If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore helps reduce the risk of theft.

”BTP officers regularly conduct cycle crime awareness surgeries at stations across Sussex to offer crime prevention advice and identify the top locations for bike theft, targeting them through covert and overt policing operations to catch would-be offenders in the act.

“We continue to work closely with train companies to tackle cycle crime.”

Anyone who recognises either of the people pictured should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference B3/LSA of 03/01/13 quoting the image number.