Witness Plea After Raynes Park Cycle Theft

Police release CCTV images after theft

Police are appealing for information after a cycle was stolen from a train between Clapham Junction and Raynes Park station.

Investigators have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place on Sunday, 3 November. 

PC Gordon Bateman, the investigating officer from British Transport Police, said: "The victim, a 46-year-old man from Brixton, boarded a train at Clapham Junction with his bike around 8.10am.  

"He placed the bike in a cycle slot in the front carriage and sat down. 

"When the train arrived into Raynes Park, the victim realised his bike, worth around £1,300, had been taken." 

Officers have been conducting a thorough investigation including viewing CCTV and speaking to the witnesses to identify the offender, but to no avail. 

Now, a CCTV image of a man police would like to speak to has been released. It is believed a man left the train at Wimbledon Rail Station with the victim's bike.  

PC Bateman added: "Bicycles remain a popular target for thieves but there are a number of ways people can help lessen their chances of becoming a victim of crime, like ensuring their property is adequately marked and secured.  

"It's also important to remember to register your bike and ensure a solid lock is used to secure it. If a bike is adequately marked, it makes it much easier to identify and therefore helps reduce the risk of theft.  

"BTP officers regularly conduct cycle crime awareness surgeries at stations to offer crime prevention advice and we will continue to work closely with train companies to tackle cycle crime. 

"If you recognise the man pictured, we’d urge you to contact police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference LSA/B7 of 15/01/2014. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

January 17, 2014