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Men wanted following bike thefts from Harlow railway station

Crime / Thu 12th Dec 2013 at 10:53am

POLICErail3 have released CCTV images of three men they want to speak to in connection with the thefts, which took place on Wednesday, 20 November.

PC Roderick Brown, the investigating officer, said: “Three men were seen to enter the bike racks at Harlow station around 10.15pm.

“They then used bolt croppers to steal a number of bikes, before successfully cutting through two locks and riding away from the station.”

Officers have followed a number of enquiries to identify the men responsible, including viewing CCTV and are now calling on the public to help in the investigation.

PC Brown added: “Sadly, bicycles remain a desirable target for many thieves at train stations. However, BTP is cracking down on this type of crime. We are undertaking plain clothes and high profile operations across Essex to catch thieves in the act.

“Thieves should also be aware that most cycle racks are covered by CCTV so it’s only a matter of time before we track you down.”

BTP recently launched Operation Wiggins, a nationwide initiative to crackdown on cycle theft at train stations across the country. As part of the operation, posters have been placed at bike racks advising cyclists how to correctly and securely lock their cycles.

Officers will be holding a cycle surgery on Thursday, 19 December at Harlow Town station in order to ensure all passengers have their bikes security marked and registered on the crime-fighting database. Cyclists are encouraged to attend the event, which will take place in the early evening peak time.

Urging the public to help officers, PC Brown concluded: “If you recognise the people pictured, or know their whereabouts, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background number LNA/B6 of 10/12/2013. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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