Two youths in custody after attempted Welwyn Garden City bike theft

PUBLISHED: 09:25 08 August 2018

Pc Bill McCaskie

Pc Bill McCaskie

Archant

A police chase has brought in two young men after they attempted to steal bikes in Welwyn Garden City yesterday (August 7).

PCSO Bill McCaskie with his own set of wheels.PCSO Bill McCaskie with his own set of wheels.

The men were attempting to steal the bicycles from the racks outside the old Shredded Wheat building on Hydeway, when Police Communnity Support Officer (PCSO) Bill McCaskie found them.

They ran off down the railways tracks, but were tracked by a police dog where they were found hiding in an allotment shed.

A set of bolt cutters were found at the scene.

The men are now in custody for attempted theft and trespassing on railway property.

PCSO McCaskie said that bicycle thefts have gone up in Welwyn Garden City town centre and around the station this summer, and gave security advice in an email via the Hertfordshire Police neighbourhood watch OWL messaging service.

“Summer is the time of year when we notice a spike in theft of bikes,” he wrote.

“This year is no different.

“Owners report that there bikes were locked when they were taken.

“I have done a quick check today of all the bike racks around the town center and some of the locks used to secure expensive bikes could be broken open by hand and would not deter a thief who may steal bikes to order.”

He called on people to buy the best lock they can afford, and recommended metal D-locks as well as a loop lock if you have expensive wheels.

He added: “If a thief has to carry bolt cutters he is more likely to get caught or raise suspicion, then if he carrys pliers, he will be riding off on your bike in seconds.”

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:44

Welwyn Hatfield Council has voted against recommendations to increase its members’ pay.

Yesterday, 16:30

A pervert driving a souped-up car in Welwyn Garden City “smiled” as he exposed himself to a woman.

Yesterday, 15:49

The police helicopter has been out over Hatfield this afternoon, searching for a shoplifter who pinched a bag from Hatfield House two years ago.

Yesterday, 15:30

A Potters Bar woman whose cat was mutilated has spoken out and is encouraging other victims to do so after police announced they had closed the Croydon/M25 Cat Killer case.

Newsletter Sign Up

Welwyn Hatfield Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards