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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 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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