Charity bikes stolen by raiders

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A THIEF stole bikes destined for charity to help poverty-stricken Africans improve their quality of life.

Kenneth Grainger, 34, was on a shopping trip to the Galleries Retail Park in Washington on May 29 when he and a friend happened to pass by a locked compound behind Halfords

Grainger and his co-accused were seen on CCTV by security staff shortly after 1pm in an area used for deliveries at the back of the store, Sunderland magistrates heard.

“They saw two males riding on pedal cycles they suspected had been stolen because they did not arrive on bikes,” prosecutor Paul Doney said.

“They were seen stashing the bikes in bushes next to Sainsbury’s.”

Halford’s run a scheme in which people donate their old bikes for a 10 per cent discount on a new one. They were stored in the compound before being collected by charity bosses.

Poundstretcher worker Grainger, of Hollin Hill Road, Concord, admitted theft. His co-accused received a police caution.

Grainger was handed a 12-month conditional discharge, with a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs.