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Huge stash of stolen designer cycles is retrieved by police

Wheely big haul: The 60 bikes were found in east London as police cracked down on thieves pictures: SWNS

THIS haul of 60 stolen designer bikes — some worth thousands of pounds — has been seized by police who set a trap for the thieves.

Officers used a cycle as bait by locking it to a rack in the City of London. It was promptly stolen — with an angle grinder used to slice through the lock in seconds — but then tracked to business premises five miles away in Tower Hamlets, east London. Three men were arrested there on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Theft tool: An angle grinder seized by City of London officers

City of London Police launched the crackdown, with officers in plain clothes keeping watch at known hotspots, after a rise in thefts as more people cycle to work due to the pandemic. In the last month they have arrested ten people and recovered 80 bikes, plus angle grinders and bolt cutters. ‘We know having a bike stolen can be devastating for cyclists,’ said Ch Supt Steve Heatley.