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Bike shop owner says Christmas break-in may force him out of business

Appeal for information leading to return of five electric bicycles stolen from The Bicycle Den in Hebden Bridge over the festive period

The owner of a bike shop in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, has appealed for thieves to return five electric bicycles that were stolen over Christmas – and has warned them that without their keys or charges, the bikes ae useless.

The bikes were taken from The Bicycle Den, and owner Toby Rainland said in a post to the Calder Valley Flood Support Group on Facebook on Boxing Day that unless they are returned, he risks going out of business due to insurers demanding increased security measures at his expense.

The post was accompanied by CCTV images of the two men who broke into the shop, with some people commenting on the post employing their Photoshop skills to enhance the pictures – besides the one above, more can be seen on the same Facebook thread.

Three of the bikes stolen include the only Gepida Asgard 15” ever in the UK, painted blue, a 17" version of the same make and model, which is black, and a Volt Metro, coloured orange, of which there are only around 10 in the country.

Anyone who has information can contact The Bicycle Den on 07912 627483 or via this online form on its website.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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