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An hour and a half. That’s all it took for a member of the public to be reunited with her stolen bike after she reported the theft to British Transport Police.
The owner of the bike, Miriam Richmond, a student at Sheffield University, had secured it with a wire lock to the cycle rack at Sheffield station on Thursday before dashing off to catch her train.
But when the train was cancelled she returned to collect her bike only to find it had been stolen.
Miriam reported the theft to BTP who checked CCTV at the station, identified the thief and using their knowledge of the area tracked him down in a nearby McDonalds restaurant.
He was arrested and the bike returned to a very thankful Miriam. Now that’s fast work!
He’s now been charged for the offence with conditions not to enter Sheffield station and Miriam was supplied with a top notch D lock when she was reunited with her bike.
Miriam, aged 21, said: “I couldn’t believe it when they called me to say they had my bike. I really didn’t expect to see it again.
“I don’t drive so I totally rely on my bike to get to my university placement. I’m so grateful to BTP for their fast work.”
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