CCTV helping cut bike thefts in Wakefield

A cycle was stolen from Wakefield Westgate railway station at 15.15 on Wednesday 15 June 2011. Do you know this man?
A cycle was stolen from Wakefield Westgate railway station at 15.15 on Wednesday 15 June 2011. Do you know this man?

POLICE have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to following bicycle thefts from Wakefield Westgate.

It comes as the force tries to clamp down on the number of bikes being stolen from railway stations across West Yorkshire.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are calling on members of the public to help them in their search.

At around 3.15pm on June 15 last year a bicycle was stolen from outside the railway station.

Police want to speak to a man who they believe may be able to help them with their inquiries.

CCTV footage from overnight on September 9 shows another man police would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a bike from the cycle sheds at the city station.

Insp Granville Sellers said: “Officers investigating each of these cases have followed multiple lines of inquiry and circulated these images on police intelligence systems to try and get names for these people, but to no avail so far.

“We’re now asking for help from members of the public to identify them.

“If you know any of these people and can tell us who they are, we want to hear from you.

“Unfortunately cycles remain a popular target for thieves but there are a number of steps people can take to ensure their bikes are adequately marked and secured to help reduce their risk of becoming a victim of bike theft.

“The best thing to remember is to register your bike and also to ensure a solid lock is used to secure it. If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore reduces its desirability to thieves.”

Officers regularly hold cycle crime awareness surgeries at stations across the area to offer advice and regularly have covert and overt operations to catch would-be offenders in the act.

Since April last year, 12 people have been arrested in West Yorkshire in connection with cycle thefts.

Insp Sellers added: “Thieves should be aware that the majority of cycle racks are now monitored by CCTV and patrolled by plain clothed officers so the likelihood of getting caught is high.

To view the image and video online visit www.btp.

Anyone with any information about the incidents or who recognise anyone pictured in the CCTV images should contact the police on 0800 405040.