Images released in connection with bike thefts across Sussex rail stations

The Argus: Images released in connection with bike thefts across Sussex rail stations Images released in connection with bike thefts across Sussex rail stations

Police want to speak to these people in connection with cycle thefts in Sussex at train stations.

Transport officers are asking anyone who recognises someone in the images or has information about the thefts to get in contact.

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.


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

Anyone who recognises any 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.

British Transport Police (BTP) has today released a number of CCTV images of people they want to speak to in connection with several bicycle thefts in Sussex in the past few months.

Officers are asking anyone who recognises the people pictured, or who has any information about the thefts, to get contact police immediately.

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Image 1 – West Worthing: On Saturday, August 31 between 5.40pm and 11.20pm, a red cross-frame lightweight alloy bike worth £330 was stolen from cycle racks on the station platform. The bike also had high-speed alloy road wheels, custom mudguards fitted with cable ties and three noticeable chips to the paintwork.

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Image 2 – Hassocks: The owner of a black Giant Roam 3 hybrid with yellow stripes worth £420 left his bike 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.

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Image 3 – Angmering: A dark blue Trek 3500 mountain bike was stolen from the cycle racks outside the station between 7.45am and 2.20pm on Tuesday, September 10. The bicycle is worth an estimated £375.

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Image 4 – Worthing: At Worthing station on Tuesday, September 10, a black mountain bike with 18 gears, worth £200, was taken from the cycle racks at Worthing between 7.20am and 6.40pm.

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Image 5 – Barnham Between 10am and 9.40pm on Saturday, September 14, a white Genesis Altitude bicycle worth £1,200 was taken from Barnham station after being secured in the bottom, left-hand side rack.

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Image 6 – Angmering: On Wednesday, September 18, the owner of a red and white Muddyfox mountain bike left the cycle secured in the middle of the main racks outside Angmering station at 3pm. When he returned at 8.30pm, the bike had been taken with the lock left behind.

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Image 7 - Worthing: A black Carrera Vengeance mountain bike with white writing, worth £265, was stolen from Worthing station between 2pm on Sunday, October 2 and 10am the following day.

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Image 8 – Durrington: A black Claud Butler Explorer 100 hybrid cycle, worth £330, was secured at the cycle racks near the main entrance to Durrington station at 4pm on Tuesday, October 8 with a combination cable lock. When the owner returned at 10.30pm, the bike was missing and the lock had been broken and left.

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Image 9 - Hassocks: 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 any 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.

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8:16am Sun 5 Jan 14

John Steed says...

1, the images are rubbish, the quality of network rail cctv is appaling, at least clean the mountings and lens covers
2. september 2013 by january 2014 the bikes have been taken, gone, sold, stripped, rebuilt etc etc.
3 cheap locks, I have seen round key type locks picked in under 10 seconds. the steel cable can be cut with a decent set of electrical cable cutters in about the same time. get a decent h/duty chain and padlock cost £50 or so but will at least deter any casual tealeaf
1, the images are rubbish, the quality of network rail cctv is appaling, at least clean the mountings and lens covers 2. september 2013 by january 2014 the bikes have been taken, gone, sold, stripped, rebuilt etc etc. 3 cheap locks, I have seen round key type locks picked in under 10 seconds. the steel cable can be cut with a decent set of electrical cable cutters in about the same time. get a decent h/duty chain and padlock cost £50 or so but will at least deter any casual tealeaf John Steed

9:50am Sun 5 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The first one looks like a rent boy, the old boy is pigeon toed and then theres the one wearing what looks like girls jogging trousers. Those should be easy to identify.
Most using rucksacks to carry their nicking tools.
The first one looks like a rent boy, the old boy is pigeon toed and then theres the one wearing what looks like girls jogging trousers. Those should be easy to identify. Most using rucksacks to carry their nicking tools. Maxwell's Ghost

11:01am Sun 5 Jan 14

redwing says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
The first one looks like a rent boy, the old boy is pigeon toed and then theres the one wearing what looks like girls jogging trousers. Those should be easy to identify.
Most using rucksacks to carry their nicking tools.
Yes a good old dose of stereotyping, wild generalistion and conjecture will soon sort this problem out.....not.
How about decent cameras and not sacking transport police staff instead?
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: The first one looks like a rent boy, the old boy is pigeon toed and then theres the one wearing what looks like girls jogging trousers. Those should be easy to identify. Most using rucksacks to carry their nicking tools.[/p][/quote]Yes a good old dose of stereotyping, wild generalistion and conjecture will soon sort this problem out.....not. How about decent cameras and not sacking transport police staff instead? redwing

12:02pm Sun 5 Jan 14

vivelavive says...

Looking at picture 1 it seems times are hard for Justin Bieber!
Looking at picture 1 it seems times are hard for Justin Bieber! vivelavive

3:04pm Sun 5 Jan 14

TonyTony says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
The first one looks like a rent boy, the old boy is pigeon toed and then theres the one wearing what looks like girls jogging trousers. Those should be easy to identify.
Most using rucksacks to carry their nicking tools.
Seems like you know these people
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: The first one looks like a rent boy, the old boy is pigeon toed and then theres the one wearing what looks like girls jogging trousers. Those should be easy to identify. Most using rucksacks to carry their nicking tools.[/p][/quote]Seems like you know these people TonyTony

3:25pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

I ride a bike and once caught a scally taking a car jack to my lock.
He left without the jack.
I now have two bikes, an expensive commuter and a Brighton town **** bike no one would want to nick.
I ride a bike and once caught a scally taking a car jack to my lock. He left without the jack. I now have two bikes, an expensive commuter and a Brighton town **** bike no one would want to nick. Maxwell's Ghost

3:34pm Sun 5 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Why don't the police put their decoy bike there and catch these thieves? That way they could find the bike and the thieves very easily!
Why don't the police put their decoy bike there and catch these thieves? That way they could find the bike and the thieves very easily! getThisCoalitionOut

7:48pm Sun 5 Jan 14

jimpy762 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Why don't the police put their decoy bike there and catch these thieves? That way they could find the bike and the thieves very easily!
If they actually went on the beat and spent any time at all deterring potential thieves from even taking the chance, they wouldn't have to rely on poor quality images that hold no water in the courts. Another pathetic effort from our so called upholders of the law.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Why don't the police put their decoy bike there and catch these thieves? That way they could find the bike and the thieves very easily![/p][/quote]If they actually went on the beat and spent any time at all deterring potential thieves from even taking the chance, they wouldn't have to rely on poor quality images that hold no water in the courts. Another pathetic effort from our so called upholders of the law. jimpy762

1:21am Mon 6 Jan 14

SexualHarassmentPanda says...

So we've got 9 blurry images of random teletext men and the crimes range between late August and early October. It is now January.

Promising stuff.
So we've got 9 blurry images of random teletext men and the crimes range between late August and early October. It is now January. Promising stuff. SexualHarassmentPanda

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