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Luton police arrest man on suspicion of theft and recover four stolen bikes following tip offs from public

By Luton On Sunday  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

By CARL MUNGAZI

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FOUR stolen motorbikes have been recovered and one person arrested on suspicion of theft following information supplied by members of the public, police have said.

On November 15 Bedfordshire Police officers stopped three males acting suspiciously with a red Honda motorcycle in Hitchin Road, Luton, which was later reported as being stolen.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft and is currently on police bail as further enquiries are carried out.

Six days later on November 21, two PCSOs were on patrol when they discovered a silver Yamaha motorcycle which had been abandoned in St Thomas’s Road.

An hour later, the owner of the vehicle reported it as being stolen from Felstead Way and the victim was reunited with their property.

Three days later, members of the Local Policing Team received information from members of the public concerning a number of motorbikes being driven across Stopsley Common and in the surrounding streets.

When officers arrived shortly afterwards, they discovered two stolen motorcycles - a red Yamaha and a blue Honda – that had been dumped.

On the same day, another local resident called the police to report a quad bike which had been abandoned in bushes in Butterfield Green Road.

Officers attended and discovered the black and white Haili vehicle which had been reported stolen from Tower Way, Luton, earlier in the month.

All of the vehicles were recovered and reunited with their rightful owners.

Sergeant Melissa Cunningham said: “We have seen some very positive results ever since we appealed to members of the public to come forward with information about nuisance motorists and this has enabled us to recover stolen property and reunite it with their rightful owner.

“Nuisance vehicles are a blight on residents’ lives across Luton and I hope that residents will continue to work with the Local Policing Team in an effort to crackdown on this form of antisocial behaviour.”

Although officers are able to stop anti-social motorists and warn them about their behaviour as well as issuing fines and seizing their vehicles, they said stopping suspects in the first instance can be the biggest problem.

Sgt Cunningham added: “One of the issues we have is not being able to chase after every single nuisance rider or motorist but by providing information such as names, addresses or where the vehicle may have been previously, we can build up a picture of the offenders and take appropriate action.”

Anyone with information concerning nuisance vehicles can contact Bedfordshire Police on the 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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