‘Lock up your bike’ - warning

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 May 2012

Nikki Linfield

Nikki Linfield

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A FUNDRAISER will be unable to take part in a charity event this summer after her bike was stolen.

Nikki Linfield, of Weston, had her red Carrera Virtuosa 2007 stolen from outside Hutton Moor Leisure Centre on May 15.

She says her bike, which was locked outside the Weston leisure centre, helped her through treatment for breast cancer.

The 42-year-old, of Wolvershill Road, was also planning to take part in the Strawberry Jam for Weston Hospicecare again in August, but will now be unable to.

Nikki said: “My bike, called Carrie, helped me through my treatment for breast cancer, going up to the Mendips and to the gym and shopping, and is my transport to my NHS work.

“I am lost without her.”

Police have sent out a warning to cyclists this week telling them to lock up their bikes.

They say more bikes and motorcycles on the road during the summer months could potentially mean increased opportunities for thieves.

Detective Inspector James Mcaninch said: “Many bike and motorcycle thefts are opportunist and even leaving a bike insecure for a few minutes can be long enough for someone to steal it.

“We use tactics like analysing crimes to identify hotspots for motorcycle and bike theft and police officers actively patrol those areas on foot and on off-road motorbikes to prevent crimes and deter thieves.

“Many specialist teams also run plain clothes operations all over the force to catch thieves in the act, arrest them and put them before the courts to bring them to justice.

“But we also need owners to be security smart and extra vigilant.”

Anyone who can help Nikki get her bike back can call police on 101.


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