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Bike theft victim turns anger into inspiration

Posted on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 9:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Josh Harding holding a bike helmet and bike lock. Poster advertising Bike Fest @ The Stokes.

A young teenage boy left devastated after his bike was stolen is turning his grief into something positive for his local community.

Josh Harding, from Bradley Stoke, is putting on a bike safety and awareness event to help others take measures to stop them falling foul to his fate.

The 14-year-old is working with several organisations, including the local police and South Gloucestershire Cycle Safety team, to organise ‘Bike Fest @ The Stokes’.

Josh’s mum Sue said:

“We became fixated with trying to find his stolen bike, checking selling sites online and driving around our neighbourhood. It was really getting Josh down, so I said let’s do something positive instead and that’s when we came up with idea for an awareness event.”

After saving for 12 long months, Josh had his bicycle stolen just weeks after he bought it. He had cycled to the Willow Brook Centre to buy his parents a gift for their wedding anniversary and came out to discover his bike was gone.

“He was so gutted that he’s refusing to let us get him another bike in case this one gets stolen as well,” said Sue.

Bike Fest @ The Stokes is being held on Saturday 6th January, from 11am to 3pm at the Willow Brook Centre.

More: Police will provide tamper-proof security stickers for bikes »

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Bradley Stoke hit by surge in bike thefts

Posted on Thursday 7th December 2017 at 9:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a bike parking shelter at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

An update on a previous article published on 17th November.

Local police are advising cyclists to review their security precautions after thirteen bikes were reported stolen from public locations within Bradley Stoke over the last twelve weeks.

Incidents recorded in November have included five bikes being taken from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (over three separate days), one from the Willow Brook Centre, one from Bradley Stoke Community School and one from Jubilee Green.

These incidents come after three bikes were stolen from outside homes or communal parking areas during September (in Snowberry Close, Manor Farm Crescent and Woodlands Lane) and two others taken from the Willow Brook Centre (one in each of September and October).

The latest figures are significantly higher than those from a year ago, when just one bike theft was recorded in Bradley Stoke over the corresponding three month period commencing 1st September 2016.

Police say that in most cases the thieves appear to have cut locks, however, in at least two cases the bikes had been left insecure.

Several of the bikes stolen from the leisure centre, at times between 8am and 4pm, are believed to belong to students at the nearby Bradley Stoke Community School. Despite the school providing on-site bike parking facilities, it is believed that some students are parking their bikes at less secure locations elsewhere in order to avoid being given a detention for arriving at school when not wearing a cycle helmet.

The parents of a number of young people who have had bikes stolen from the leisure centre have been critical of the venue’s commitment to deterring bike thefts, claiming that CCTV coverage of bike parking areas is inadequate and saying that the centre needs to “up its game”.

More: Police undertake plain clothes patrols at Willow Brook »

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Warning issued as Bradley Stoke bike thefts soar

Posted on Friday 17th November 2017 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of bicycles parked near the entrance to Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Local police are advising cyclists to review their security precautions after ten bikes were reported stolen from public locations within Bradley Stoke over the last nine weeks.

Incidents within just the last two weeks have included four bikes being taken from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (one on 3rd November and three on 13th November) and another being taken from the Willow Brook Centre (on 6th November).

The latest figures are significantly higher than those from a year ago, when just one bike theft was recorded in Bradley Stoke over the three month period commencing 1st September 2016.

N.B. All figures quoted relate to incidents that have been reported to the police. The actual number of thefts may be higher due to non-reporting.

A police spokesperson said:

“If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked bikes, give us a call straight away. If they’re obviously committing a crime, ring 999. Otherwise, call 101.”

“Permanently marking your bike and any hi-spec parts with your postcode could deter a thief as it means they can be identified as stolen. A good quality lock, securing the bike to an immovable object, can also make them think twice. We’d recommend checking out www.soldsecure.com for locks which have been tested and graded by locksmiths. Be prepared to spend around 10 percent of the value of your bike.”

More advice: Keeping your bike secure (Avon and Somerset Police)

Photo: Bicycle parking at the front of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

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Police beat team report (July 2017)

Posted on Saturday 5th August 2017 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

An update from PC Claire Fletcher of the Bradley Stoke beat team.

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We’ve recently seen an increase in thefts of tools from vans across South Gloucestershire. Please tell us if you see anyone acting suspiciously. This crime really does impact on tradespeople’s livelihoods.

We know it’s not always possible to empty a work van overnight, but we’d recommend it if you can. Otherwise:

  • Permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode to make them identifiable
  • Keep them inside a secure storage cage or box anchored within the vehicle
  • Set the alarm as well as locking the van
  • Park it in a secure garage or with the doors against a wall or another vehicle to make access more difficult

Remember, if you see anyone trying to break into a van, call 999 immediately.

Don’t help to create a market for stolen goods – we’d also like to hear from you if you see tools offered for sale, online or in person, at a suspiciously cheap price.

We’ve been targeting our patrols to tackle noisy and nuisance moped riders in the town.

We have powers to seize vehicles which are being used in an anti-social way and we have done so six times recently [see previous Journal article]. The owners have to pay more than £100 to get the moped back.

We can – and do – also issue notices to riders with faulty vehicles (such as noisy exhausts) a notice to fix it within 14 days.

Did you know you can contact us through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk? Just type your postcode into the ‘Your Area’ box and click the green ‘contact the team’ button.

Remember, incidents need to be reported by calling 101, 999 or through the website in order for us to take action!

PCSO Alicia Harvey and I have also been running a successful wellbeing project. As well as encouraging people to run and take exercise, we had talks on mindfulness and the links between exercise and health. We hope to continue after the school holidays, so watch this space!

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