Southport man charged when owner spotted stolen bike being sold online

A man from Southport has been charged after an Ainsdale resident saw their stolen bike being stole online.

The bike was stolen from a house in Ainsdale, only for the owner to spot someone attempting to sell it.

A 37-year-old male has been charged with handling stolen goods.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “Following the theft of a pedal cycle in Ainsdale the owner has recognised it being advertised on a social media selling site.

“A 37 year old local male has been arrested and charged with handling stolen goods.

Locked bike stolen from Chapel Street Southport

Officers are warning cyclists to ensure bikes are left secure after a spate of thefts in Southport town centre.

“Thieves continue to target bikes left on Chapel Street, in the town centre ” the spokesman added.

“If you must bring your bike into town, use a D lock or heavy duty chain.

“Cheaper, poor quality locks are being cut off with bolt cutters.

“Register your bike’s frame number at & consider property marking it with Smartwater or similar, to aid recovery.”

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