Cracking down on bicycle thieves

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A CAMPAIGN aims to crack down on bike thieves.

Durham Constabulary is running Operation Spoke, with the aim of reducing bicycle theft across County Durham.

Every new bike sold in the area will now be marked and registered to their new owner.

Current bicycle owners can also attend their local bike shop, police stations and other cycle-marking events to have theirs marked and registered under the scheme. All bikes will be registered on, the national property-marking database.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Weir, of the Durham Constabulary’s Crime Command, said: “I’m delighted with the progress we’ve made in registering bicycles so far this year.

“Operation Spoke has been a great success for Durham Police, and I would like to encourage members of the public who have not registered their bicycles to do so.

“We have had thousands of people taking up the offer to have their equipment marked and all of their details have been added onto, so that details are easily searchable by police when items are found.”

Officers also recommend bike owners record their details with the immobilise website, register their bike and report it if it goes missing.