Police release CCTV over train station bike theft

Image released by British Transport Police after cycle theft in Eastbourne Station
Image released by British Transport Police after cycle theft in Eastbourne Station

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are hoping members of the public can help identify a man wanted in connection with a cycle theft at Eastbourne Train Station.

As part of their appeal, officers have released ten CCTV images of people they want to speak to in connection with various incidents across Sussex.

The Eastbourne incident happened on September 11 from the racks at the town’s station. It happened between 8.05am and 6pm.

The officers want to speak to the man in the picture and are making an appeal to anyone who knows him.

PC Billy Burstow said, “The officers investigating these nine cases have followed a number of lines of enquiry and circulated these images on police intelligence systems to try and get names for these people, but to no avail so far.

“Now we are asking members of the public to help identify them.

“If you know any of these people and can tell us who they are, we want to hear from you.”

In addition, BTP are warning cyclists to make sure their bikes are secure.

PC Burstow said, “Sadly bicycles are a popular target for thieves but there are lots of things people can do to make sure their property is adequately marked and secured.

“It’s important to remember to register your bike and ensure a solid lock is used to secure it. If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore helps reduce the risk of becoming a victim of bike theft.

”BTP officers regularly conduct cycle crime awareness surgeries at stations across Sussex to offer crime prevention advice and identify the top locations for bike theft, targeting them through covert and overt policing operations to catch would-be offenders in the act.

“We will continue to work closely with train operating companies to tackle cycle crime.”

Anyone with any information about the incident or who recognises the man in the picture, should call British Transport Police free on 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference B17/LSA of January 2 2013 and image number five.

For police advice on how to make your bike more secure email is-cr@btp.pnn.police.uk. To tag and register a bike visit www.bikeregister.com.