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Teenage bike thief tells police owner should 'get a better lock'

Advice offered after policeman hopped on stolen bike in Manchester to collar youth

A teenage thief in Manchester has told police that the owner of a bike he stole should get a better lock. His words of advice came after a policeman chased after him on one of two stolen bikes in the youth’s possession.

According to the Manchester Evening News, officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spotted him stealing a Specialized mountain bike by cutting its cable lock outside the force’s public enquiry office on Mount Street on Monday afternoon.

He was riding another stolen bike while pushing his latest acquisition, which a police officer managed to grab from him and pursuing him through the city centre before catching him at the retail park on Great Ancoats Street.

Greater Manchester Police subsequently posted a picture to Twitter of the two bikes recovered from the 17-year-old.

In a second tweet, they added his words of advice.

While the thief’s words may strike some as cheeky to say the least, police added, “he has a point.”

It does underline something very important to any bike owner – the more care you take over securing your pride and joy, the less likely it is to be nicked.

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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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