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Maidenhead Police Let Bike Thieves Escape On CCTV

by | 10th, September 2011

TO Maidenhead, where Simon Turner has spotted the bike he lost to thieves back in August. It’s chained to railings opposite McDonald’s. He spots a PCSO and shows him the bike.

Says Turner:

“I gave details of a hidden technical modification, then she looked and there it was – it was clearly my bike. I said I’d go home and get some tools and remove it but they said we couldn’t remove the bike. They said ‘you’ll be damaging the lock and it’s not your property’.”

Turner offers to pay a fiver for the lock. The PSCO declines the offer. The PSCO radios the station. He is told to leave the bike alone. Police will use CCTV to watch the vehicle.

Says Turner:

“They rang me up on Tuesday to say it was removed and taken away by two males who could not be identified. And that’s it – my bike’s gone again. I’m absolutely appalled.”

Says police:

“The PCSO was acting on the advice of a colleague, and, although we’ve yet to establish exactly what happened, it does appear the incorrect advice was given to her and there were other steps that could have been taken at the time. We’d like to apologise for this mistake and reassure the gentleman concerned that we are doing all we can to track down the person or people who stole his bicycle.”

In short: they have no idea.



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