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Police said they had been “committed” to working with Mobike

Between July 2017 and August 2018, Greater Manchester Police were called to more than 400 incidents involving Mobikes. The force recorded 274 of those as crimes.

Mobike pulled out of Manchester at the start of September, saying that losses resulting from vandalism and theft had rendered its operation in the city “unsustainable.”

Speaking at the time, Greater Manchester cycling and walking commissioner Chris Boardman said antisocial behaviour was not a problem unique to Manchester. “It has been encountered in other UK cities and other bike operators have found ways to deal with it.”

He added: “The problem here has been that we just haven’t seen the right level of engagement from Mobike or a willingness to work to implement tried and tested solutions.”

Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry said Greater Manchester Police had been "committed" to working with Mobike before the firm’s departure.

"When we were made aware of incidents involving their cycles, our approach was to investigate reports of suspected theft and vandalism just like we would if someone made a report about their own bike."

The BBC reports that 124 Mobike-related crimes were listed under "criminal damage and arson offences," while 87 bike thefts were recorded.

Other offences involved suspected offenders used Mobikes to get around and "rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour."

A Mobike spokesman said the firm was "very grateful" to Manchester for being the first city in Europe to host the scheme.

He said that both Mobike and the authorities had "learnt valuable lessons that will help cities continue to make urban life more sustainable through cycling".

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