Bikes damage sparks probe in Sheffield

Bikes belonging to Mark Armitage which were damaged after being removed by highways contractors.

Bikes belonging to Mark Armitage which were damaged after being removed by highways contractors.

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An investigation is to take place after motorbikes and a bicycle were removed from outside a Sheffield house by highways contractors – and returned to the owner with scratches and other damage.

Mark Armitage, of Stannington Road, said the bikes belong to himself and partner Gill Beetenson – and that they had not received warning work was taking place or they would have moved them.

Sheffield Council’s contractor Amey has started to revamp roads and footpaths in the area under the Streets Ahead scheme.

Mr Armitage said the Suzuki and Yamaha motorbikes were worth around £5,000 – and said four strong padlocks each worth £70 had been cut off so the bikes could be removed.

The welder, who had to pay a £420 release fee, said: “One bike was taken away with the pushbike attached to it – causing scratches to the paint and exhaust.

“I was told by my neighbours that the notification signs were only put up the day before work started.

“I know I’m not the only one this has happened to, as one of the workmen told me that several cars had been moved further up the road.”

A separate complaint has been made by businesses in Wisewood, who say the works have been driving away trade and that they also had no notice.

Amey said: “Mr Armitage was issued with a letter in mid-April which indicated we would be working in Stannington Road between May 10 and 30. ‘No parking’ signs were also displayed.

“Towing vehicles is always our last resort. Mr Armitage’s damage claim is being investigated.

“We urge people to pay attention by observing all public notices fixed to lamp columns and posts, looking out for letters we send in advance of work and visiting one of our roadshows.”

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