Owners of bikes found in squat asked to come forward

Posted On 18 Oct 2017 at 6:06 pm

Eight bikes which are suspected of being stolen have been found in a squat in Brighton.

Police have launched Operation Ensnare to tackle the number of bike thefts in the city and while investigating a report of a theft found the haul of bikes and some wheels in a disused building in Preston Road.

The bikes have now been recovered and taken to Brighton police station. Sergeant James Ward said: “We are making enquiries to try and trace the bike owners but if anyone who has had a bike stolen and thinks it may have been found in the squat from the photos, please get in touch with us.”

If you have had a bike stolen recently in the area or have any information about the bikes, contact police online or ring 101 quoting Operation Ensnare.

Meanwhile officers were able to reunite a victim with his bike which had been stolen from Paddock Field on the University of Sussex campus sometime between Thursday night (12 October) and Friday morning (13 October).

The Muddyfox mountain bike was then found in Chailey Road by a resident on Friday afternoon and reported to police.

PCSO Andy Mcallister was able to return the bike to its owner Georgios Pichis who said: “I was amazed that the police found my bike. I use it everyday to get to university and to get around the city – it is so important for me to have my bike as I hate buses and could not pay for them every day. I am in the police’s debt and want to say a big thank you.”

  1. Gaby Reply

    My bike was stolen from East street on 10 October in the early hours around 4 am. A police car was petrolling in the area but they couldn’t help at that point. I hope they will find it at one point…

  2. Charlotte Williams Reply

    Mine was a giant hybrid red and black…

  3. James Reply

    Just reported my bike stolen through the transport police, as it was stolen from the station

  4. Hannah Reply

    My bike was stolen yesterday on Preston park avenue between 3pm-4pm. I’m a carer and i use my bike everyday to get to every client because i have no other means of transport. I can’t learn to drive for medical reasons either. It was a Phillips Broadway silver folding bike with light grey looking wheels with a bike rack, no bell, no lights (they broke). As most bikes don’t have light coloured wheels, I’m hoping someone will find it as soon as possible. Please let me know!

  5. Natasha Paling Reply

    Mine was stolen from Balfour Road. It is a white ridgeback comet.

  6. My name Reply

    GET A D LOCK! I know of only 1 bike stolen from Brighton that was properly locked…

  7. Beau Reply

    My cousins and brothers bikes were stolen drone whitehauk. There is a pink bmx and a bike that looks like a dirt bike

  8. Aydin Reply

    I had a green gradient apollo (20 inches & under version) that was stolen from outside Churchill square around 6 months ago. Was missing left handle grip.

  9. David Verrecchia Reply

    Lost a Trek madone 5.2. Full carbon 3 weeks ago out side nrighton station. Had a clarence street cycles sydney sticker on it.

  10. Norman Carlier Reply

    Had mine nicked from Brighton station had to leave it because they wouldn’t let me take it on the train only had it two days got it from neighbour hence can’t remember the make or colour but it had a broken back brake cable and most importantly the saddle stem has been cut in half and has rivets holding it together

  11. Margaret Hill Reply

    I had mine stolen Christmas 2015 outside Wick Hall flats in Furze Hill. Probably long gone now. A ladies purple landrover hybrid with black handlebars and wheels, 21 gears,shock absorbers and gel saddle.It was locked and they cut through it.

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