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Video: A different kind of individual pursuit - Derby PCSO chases down bike thief

Scott Liddle was handed a suspended sentence less than two weeks ago - now he's behind bars for reoffending...

Police in Derbyshire have released dramatic footage of a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) setting off in pursuit of a man who had been planning to steal a bike from a shelter at the train station at Pride Park.

PCSO Jim Sadler of the Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Team was on a bike patrol on the afternoon of Thursday 23 August when he spotted 37-year-old Scott Liddle acting suspiciously.When the officer stopped to challenge him, Liddle handed him his backpack – later found to contain a pair of bolt croppers – and rode off.

The PCSO chased after he as he headed along bike paths towards the city centre, and radioed colleagues for assistance and kept them informed of the pursuit.

He made the catch just as colleagues appeared on foot from the opposite direction, who handcuffed Liddle.

The following Saturday 25 August, Liddle appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft and the theft of a bicycle from St Christopher’s Way, Derby earlier in the week.

He received a suspended 18-week jail sentence, but was arrested again earlier this week in connection with further thefts of bikes.

Liddle, of no fixed abode, was back in court on Wednesday when he was jailed for 36 weeks and given a three-year Criminal Behaviour Order preventing him from going to certain parts of the city centre.

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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