Ar­rests over park bike thefts

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PO­LICE have made two ar­rests after a gang of vi­cious bike rob­bers made a park a no-go area for chil­dren.

Five ex­pen­sive moun­tain bikes were stolen over a week­end from young­sters in and around Thorn­field Park, Heaton Mersey, Stock­port.

There was an­other in­ci­dent last week in which two pupils from Pri­est­nall School were robbed of their mo­bile phones.

As re­ported in the Ex­press one mother turned de­tec­tive to track down the gang and re­cov­ered three bikes – in­clud­ing her 13-year-old son’s. The boy and his friend were robbed of their bikes in the park after the hooli­gans threat­ened to stab him.

Pri­est­nall School and nearby St Winifred’s Pri­mary have sent let­ters to par­ents urg­ing them to make sure their chil­dren do not use the park as a cut-through for the time be­ing.

Last Tues­day, two sus­pected bike mug­gers were held by mem­bers of the pub­lic at the Mauldeth Road en­trance to the park. Po­lice were called but they got away.

The crimes have trig­gered a huge re­sponse from res­i­dents who have de­manded a crack­down by po­lice.

In a state­ment posted on so­cial me­dia, GMP Heatons and Red­dish divi­sion said: “In re­sponse to the re­cent spate of rob­beries and thefts in the Heatons area sur­round­ing Pri­est­nall Road and sur­round­ing parks.

“Two ar­rests have been made this evening.

“After a large scale in­ves­ti­ga­tion and livetime op­er­a­tion were put into play, ar­rest at­tempts were made ear­lier this evening with two males hav­ing been brought into cus­tody.

“Should you have any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion then please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact us ei­ther on 101 or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.”

Stock­port MP Ann Cof­fey and lo­cal coun­cil­lor David Sedg­wick have de­manded ac­tion from the po­lice.

In­spec­tor Steve Gil­bert­son said: “We are re­view­ing all the in­ci­dents and will speak to all the vic­tims to get state­ments or video in­ter­views due to their vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

“By way of re­as­sur­ance we are de­ploy­ing high­pro­file uni­formed pa­trols and plain clothes of­fi­cers in the area of the park for the fore­see­able fu­ture.”

●●Two peo­ple have been ar­rested over bike thefts in Thorn­field Park

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