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Images released of Bradford bicycle thief
British Transport Police have released a rogues gallery of people suspected of stealing cycles from railway stations.
The thieves have struck across Yorkshire, including Bradford, Leeds and Halifax.
One theft took place at Forster Square station in Bradford, on Monday, June 25. The victim had secured his bike at the cycle rack next to the booking office. He walked into the city centre but someone rode past him on his bike. He checked the cycle racks and told police when his bike was not there.
The suspect was an Asian man, 5ft 7ins, with short black hair, and aged 23 to 27. He was wearing dark clothing and had an Arsenal football club drawstring bag on his back.
Officers regularly target hotspots and, helped by CCTV, have arrested more than 67 thieves in the past 12 months.
They also conduct cycle crime awareness surgeries at stations to provide advice and cycle tagging to passengers.
Officers have now released a gallery of images of suspects caught on CCTV.
Chief Inspector Derek O’Mara said: “We’re asking for help from members of the public to identify them. If you know any of these people and can tell us who they are, we want to hear from you.
“Cycle thieves will travel to commit a crime, so although the theft may not have taken place at your local station, you may know the person who has committed it.
“Wherever possible leave your bike in a busy, well-lit area which is covered by CCTV and please also ensure that your cycle has been property marked and fitted with an electronic tracing system or tag to help locate it in the event of a theft.
“Make sure your cycle is insured, keep a photograph of it and note the frame number and any markings which will help police to identify any stolen bikes that are recovered.
“Thieves should be aware that the majority of cycle racks are now monitored by CCTV and patrolled by plain clothes officers so the likelihood of getting caught is high.”
Anyone with any information about the incidents should call 0800 405040 quoting the location.