School is­sues CCTV ap­peal af­ter theft of moun­tain bike

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ [email protected]­ @jamie_lopez1

APRIMARY school shared CCTV footage af­ter a child’s bike was stolen from the grounds.

Stephen Smith, head teacher of Tar­leton Holy Trin­ity, con­tacted par­ents af­ter the moun­tain bike was taken last Thurs­day.

The Apollo bike was stolen at about 3.15pm, min­utes af­ter the school gates had been opened to al­low par­ents en­try to the grounds to col­lect their chil­dren.

The fol­low­ing day, the school shared a video re­port­edly show­ing two boys walk­ing across the play­ground be­fore one runs out of shot and then re­turns rid­ing a bi­cy­cle.

In Mr Smith’s mes­sage, the al­leged of­fend­ers are de­scribed as two white, male teenagers, aged about 14, wear­ing winter coats with hoods up.

He added that one coat was said to be a grey “puffer” coat and that the teenager wear­ing it was wear­ing glasses and had a “spotty” face.

Both boys were wear­ing black school uni­form trousers.

Writ­ing to par­ents, Mr Smith said: “It is a dark blue Apollo moun­tain bike with the word ‘In­ter­zone’ on the down­tube of the frame (very sim­i­lar to the one in the pic­ture).

“It also has lu­mi­nous green brake and gear ca­bles. The po­lice have been in­formed and the CCTV footage an­a­lysed but if you have any in­for­ma­tion that you think may help re­trieve the bike or get the sus­pects caught, please get in touch.

“In the mean­time, please can I ask that if chil­dren do come on their bikes to school, they lock them up, prefer­ably to the rail­ings un­der­neath the kitchen win­dow.

“My huge apolo­gies go to the child and in­deed the fam­ily of the child whose bike was stolen.”

The bike was later found and re­turned to the owner but it is not yet known who car­ried out the theft.

Tar­leton Holy Trin­ity’s CCTV footage of a boy on a bike and, in­set, with an­other youth

A bike sim­i­lar to the one that was stolen

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