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Bury St Edmunds schoolgirl and mum raise awareness of bike thefts

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A five-year-old school girl has made a poster to try to get her mum’s bike back after it was stolen outside her school on Tuesday.

Nancy Stebbing, who goes to St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School, in Westgate Street, drew the poster after her mum, Sarah-Jane, returned to where her pink and black Canondale bike had been chained up outside the school grounds, to find it was gone.

Sarah-Jane said: “We were at Nancy’s sports day and whoever took it used serious equipment to cut the lock.

Nancy Stebbing with her poster she made after the theft of her mother's bike (13954931)
Nancy Stebbing with her poster she made after the theft of her mother's bike (13954931)

“Since then I have had about five people say they have had their bikes stolen in the town centre over the last 10 days. Though I am probably never getting mine back I just wanted to get it out there for people to be extra vigilant, I just hope this can prevent others having their bikes stolen.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesperson said they were aware of recent incidents of bicycle thefts in Bury St Edmunds area which has raised some concern within the local community.

The spokesman said: "Officers have arrested a 29-year-old man from the town in connection with a number of offences, which occurred between 27 June and 11 July, and enquiries are ongoing.

“Losing your bike to an opportunistic thief can be hugely impactful to a victim; for some, a bicycle is their means of travel, for others it’s of sentimental value.

“We would also urge cyclists to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious activity near cycles as soon as possible by visiting the constabulary’s website: www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something or by calling 101.