Schoolboy’s bike stolen by train passenger who shakes off pursuit

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A SCHOOLBOY has been left distraught after the summer holiday was ruined when his bike was stolen from a train as it arrived at a station in the borough.

The 12-year-old gave chase along Thorne station platform and almost managed to grab it back.

But he could not hold on to his treasured BMX machine as the thief tugged it from his grasp and made his escape.

British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses and information about the incident which happened on Monday, July 25, at approximately 3.05pm.

PC Steven Duck, the investigating officer, said: “The victim, a 12-year-old boy from Goole, was travelling on the train from Doncaster to Goole.

“He placed his bike in the luggage compartment at the end of the train.

“A man boarded the train in Doncaster with two men and women.

“He grabbed the bike before jumping off the train at Thorne station.

“The victim gave chase and managed to grab the bike wheel but it was pulled from his hand and the suspect fled from the station.”

The man was white, of medium build and aged in his mid-twenties.

He had dark short hair and wore a white hooded top and dark track suit bottoms.

The BMX Mongoose bike is also said to be quite distinctive. It is orange in colour and worth more than £200.

PC Duck added: “Unfortunately, cycles are a popular target for thieves, and I would urge people to be vigilant.

“If someone offers to sell you a bike that matches this description, please report it to police immediately.

“The best thing to remember is to register your bike and also to ensure a solid lock is used to secure it.

“If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore reduces its desirability to thieves.”

Anyone who has any information about the incident should contact British Transport Police on freefone 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference B9/NEA of 03/08/2011.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.