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Local bike shop to help police stay mobile

A bike shop in Bideford is giving the local police force a helping hand by offering to service its two-wheelers.

Cycles Scuderia, near Pill Car Park, will help the community by ensuring officers always have a fully-functioning, well-oiled mode of transport when on the beat, the North Devon Journal reports.

The idea came from police community support officer Paul Uden, who approached the bike shop to ask for assistance.

Store owner Malcolm Buckler, who has worked with bicycles for 30 years, said he was only too happy to lend a hand as it would be disastrous if a bike was to break down "when in hot pursuit".

"It is great to give something back to the police force and help play our part in protecting the community," he added.

Bike enthusiasts may want to follow in the footsteps of Brideford's police force and get their vehicle serviced regularly, as this could help to avoid the risk of having to make a claim on a cycle insurance policy.

This comes just after Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall started a children's bike race on the Isle of Man, the Press Association reports.

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