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Five bikes and parts stolen in second targeted attack

Five bikes worth £600 and a box of parts worth £400 have been stolen in the second raid on a Kirklees community bike project in three months.

Staff at Streetbikes in Littletown, Liversedge found that the shutters had been prised open on Tuesday night at their storage unit where they keep bikes that local people learn to restore.

The facility had still not recovered from a similar incident in May in which £800 of parts and other bikes were taken. In that incident, the entire stock of adapted bikes for disabled riders was taken.

Gill Greaves, managing director of Streetbike, told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner: "We haven’t got back on track from last time as we are still waiting for our insurance claim to be processed.

“We are a small group and don’t have cash flow.

“[The council] installed extra security after the May break in. They put up security lights and changed the locks, but we have still been hit.

“We don’t pay rent on the council building because we help them with their disability scheme. But we are now looking for premises to move all our bikes to as its no good if they are not secure.”

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.