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Stolen bike given to charity

A young man has been given a bicycle to help him get to work after police recovered the bike.

Avon and Somerset Police got a Trek mountain bike that was stolen back, but when they tried to return it to the owner, they said they had already been paid out on a cycle insurance claim following the robbery from a shed in Bridgwater.

Police therefore got in touch with the Promise charity that helps to get young people into work and passed the model on to the body shortly before Christmas.

Bridgwater Neighbourhood Inspector Roger Tolley explained the cycle insurance company agreed with the idea of passing the bike on to a young man in need.

He said: "The company agreed to give the bike to Promise, who wanted it for a young man who has to cycle 20 miles to get to work. We in the team are really pleased to see the bike going to help someone who has such a determination to work."

The cycle has now been donated to the Somerset Trust for Arts and Recreation charity.

Mentor for Promise Richard Davey explained the young man who is going to get the bike has been in care his whole life.

"This bike will be a great improvement and make his journey a lot more comfortable," said Mr Davey, who thanked the police and the cycle insurance firm for the gesture and collected the bicycle on behalf of the young man.

Earlier in the month, an appeal for information was launched by British Transport Police following a string of bike thefts in Essex.

CCTV images have been released by the body of a group of men they want to question in relation to the theft of bikes from Billericay rail station on September 13th.

PC Tim Carson, leading the investigation, explained the trio seemed to work together on the bike thefts, with three cycles stolen in the space of 20 minutes.

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