Bicycle thieves ride £3k haul out of town

Stolen: The white Mongoose Fireball mountain bike
Stolen: The white Mongoose Fireball mountain bike

Police are appealing to Longridge residents to be on the look out for three stolen bicyles worth over £3,000.

Also, they would welcome any further information relating to the thefts.

The bicycles – two racing bikes and one mountain bike – have all been stolen during the last two weeks.

They include a £1,000 white Mongoose Fireball mountain bike (pictured).

This was stolen after a wooden shed in a garden of a house on Valley Road, Longridge, was broken into between November 12 and 17.

The other two bicycles were also stolen from Valley Road, this time from the detached garage of a house, after thieves forced open the lock, between November 9 and 17.

They are a red, Giant CFR £1,600 racing bicycle and a white coloured Raleigh racing bicycle worth £500.

A police spokesman said they are appealing for anyone who thinks they may have spotted bicyles answering these descriptions to get in touch with the Longridge neighbourhood policing team on 01772 209583.

Also, if anyone has seen any suspicous activity in and around Valley Road, which is off Lower Road, at any time, will they also get in touch.

The spokesman also reports £800 of equipment, including two chain saws and a hedge trimmer being stolen from the outbuilding of a house on Fell Brow, Longridge, between November 16 and 18.

These are described as a 31 in, orange and grey Stihl petrol driven chain saw; a 14 in, yellow McCullough petrol driven chain saw and a red coloured hedge trimmer.

Also, damage was caused to a garden shed on Darwen Close, Longridge, between November 15 and 16, but nothing is believed to have been stolen.

Again, the police would welcome further information about these two incidents.

“We would also like to remind people to make sure sheds and outbuildings are as secure as possible and goods and bikes etc are locked away,” said the spokesman.

* Cyclists out and about on darker nights and mornings are being reminded by police to make sure their machines are well lit at the front and rear.