‘Thieves stole my bike – and police charged me £150 to get it back’

Martin Rathbone, of Wright Terrace, Shiney Row, who had to pay �150 to get his stolen motorbike back from the Police.
Martin Rathbone, of Wright Terrace, Shiney Row, who had to pay �150 to get his stolen motorbike back from the Police.
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A MAN has hit out after he was forced to pay £150 to get his stolen motorbike back from the police.

Martin Rathbone’s Kawazaki ZRX 400 was taken on April 11 when thieves broke into his shed.

Five days later, he was told he would have to pay to retrieve his 19-year-old bike, with £100 for the recovery and an extra £10 for each day it had been in storage.

The 46-year-old, from Wright Terrace, Shiney Row, said that on top of the cost of the recovery, he estimates the bike could require repairs totalling £500.

He said: “There are two things I’m angry about.

“One, why did it take the police five days to tell me they had got it, and two, why should I have to pay when I have been the victim of a crime?

“I’m very angry. As a victim, I should not be penalised.”

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “The recovery protocol is that any vehicles recovered are subject to a recovery fee. This recovery procedure is legislation, not force policy.

“Stolen vehicles are subject to the Vehicle Recovery Scheme where the cost of recovery and storage charges are incurred by the owner, using the powers set down in the Removal, Storage and Disposal Regulations 1986.

“They are subject to the scheme in order to take the vehicle to a place of safety, prevent it being used in further crime and to allow the owner the opportunity to have the road worthiness of the vehicle to be tested before being driven on public roads.”