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CYCLISTS are being urged to keep their bikes safe following a spate of thefts.

Police have received numerous reports of bikes being stolen from sheds, garages, gardens and bike racks after they were left unattended or not properly secured.

Officers held a series of marking and crime prevention events and are now reminding cyclists to stay alert.

Det Chief Insp Jim Hetherington, said: "On some occasions the bikes have been left insecure in an unlocked shed or garage, or lying in the garden or propped against a wall.

"I'd like to urge people to ensure their bike is safe and secure at all times, either kept in a locked place or secured using a specialist lock. Even if a bike is left unlocked in the street for a matter of minutes, opportunist thieves can take advantage."

Officers have however been able to recover some stolen bike and make arrests."

A stolen bike was spotted on Newcastle's West Road at around 9am on Monday and a 17-year-old was arrested for receiving stolen goods.

And on July 26 police caught a man trying to remove the lock on a bike at Neville Street in the city centre. A 26-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with attempted theft of a pedal cycle.

Then at around 9pm on Monday, July 27, a man was arrested after being spotted riding a stolen pedal bike at Spencer Street. A 24-year-old man was charged with handling stolen goods.

Det Chief Insp Hetherington added: "We've stepped up patrols in key areas at key times, are monitoring CCTV across the city and carrying out a number of operations to deter opportunist bike thieves and target offenders."

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