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Merseyside Police has released a photo of a recently recovered bike in the hope of tracing the original owner

At about 2.15pm on Saturday, 22 March a report was received that a number of teenagers were acting suspiciously in the area of Chindit Close in Formby.

Patrols attended and a search of the area was conducted resulting in three 14-year-old males in possession of a bike being arrested on suspicion of theft. The males were questioned and could not provide proof of ownership. All three have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Enquiries to date have failed to reveal who the bike, a green MBK All Terrain Monaco, belongs to and where it was taken from although it is suspected to be from the local area.

Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Atherton, said “I would urge anyone who has had their bike stolen recently and recognises the bike in the picture to call 0151 777 4142.

“Officers will then conduct checks and ask for proof of ownership before it is released. This is a necessary measure to ensure the bike is reunited with its rightful owner.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people about the basic steps that you can take to keep your property safe. In particular, officers in Formby currently run an initiative called Operation Dragonfly, that encourages people to register and records details of their valuables for free at

“ is a database of bikes, mobile phone, lap tops and computers. The police can access this database and, when stolen goods are recovered, can identify who they belong to and return them.

“Additionally, electronic chips called ‘immobitags’ can be bought through the local Homewatch scheme in Formby for a discounted rate. They fit inside the bike frame and are an extra way to protect your bike.

“Police at Formby are holding their next special crime prevention and Bike registration event at Formby Police Station on Wednesday 16th April 2014 between 1pm and 3pm. The team have a limited number of immobitag devices for Bikes to give away at the session. These normally retail at around £15 and provide an additional way your bike can be recognised besides registering the Make, model and frame number. Alternatively come along to a crime prevention surgery. Please call 101 for more information.”

Anyone who recognises the bike or knows who it belongs to is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4142 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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