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Mountain bike thieves target Platt Fold area of Leigh
10:40am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
CYCLE thieves have targeted mountain bikes in the Platt Fold/Holden Road area of Leigh.
Within 24 hours trick machines were stolen and investigating Police are viewing CCTV footage of the second theft involving a thin, ginger-haired, scruffy-looking teenager.
In the first incident a bike that was chained to the back of a car in Platt Fold Road was stolen hours after teenagers had called at the house and asked if they could borrow a tyre pump.
The following day a white and black Specialized mountain bike was stolen when its young owner left it unattended for no more than a minute while he went into a shop on the corner of Holden Road and Platt Fold Road.
Tracey Burton, whose 14 year-old son was the victim, told The Journal: "He left the bike on the step and in less than a minute the bike was gone. CCTV footage shows a scrawny, ginger-haired, scruffy looking lad about 18 years-old. He pulled up his hood and took the bike and had an accomplice.
"It seems there's a gang targeting the area - there was an attempted bike theft recently in nearby Lilford Park."
Police are investigating.
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