BRITISH Transport Police officers have released new pictures and made a fresh appeal for information about the theft of a customised mountain bike from a store cupboard at Wigan Wallgate station.
Officers believe the men in the images could have vital information relating to the crime which took place at around 2.30pm on Thursday January 15.
Investigating officer PC Daniel Armstrong said: “The owner of the bike placed it in a store cupboard before walking into the booking office. The cupboard was left unlocked.
“A man entered the station and made straight for the store cupboard and removed the bike. He was with two other men and the stolen bike was given to one of the other two who rode off on it down King Street.
“The man who stole the bike then made his way to a bus stop in front of Wigan NW Railway Station with the third man. They boarded the 600 bus at 2.36pm and got off at Golborne, possibly near Asda.”
Officers urge anyone who recognises the men to come forward to help police with their inquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B7 of 26/01/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Bicycles are a popular target for thieves. Here are some simple tips to ensure your cycle remains secure:
Always lock your bicycle whenever you leave it at a designated cycle rack area. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand;
Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date;
A man entered the station and made straight for the store cupboard and removed the bikePC Daniel Armstrong
Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike;
Do not allow your lock(s) to come into contact with the ground, where they are viewed as more vulnerable;
Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will be crucial in recovering your bike if it is stolen;
Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden; * Attach a “Coded Cycle” label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft;
Do not ride with valuables in open baskets or panniers;
Register your bicycle at www.immobilise.com or www.bikeregister.com