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Stolen bicycles found in lay-by

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: November 06, 2013

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TWO antique bikes which were stolen from a Victorian shopping arcade have been recovered by the police.

Staffordshire Police last month released CCTV footage of two males taking the two bikes from the entrance of Getliffe’s Yard in Leek at around 2.15am on Sunday, September 15.

The bikes had been used to advertise the shop and cafe of Molly’s Maison in the yard, which is situated off Derby Street.

A police spokesperson said: “The two antique-style bikes were found on October 24.

“A member of the public called in at 5.40am having located them in a lay-by by The Mermaid Inn, on the Leek to Thorncliffe Road.

“The owner collected the bikes from police on October 29.” John Edwards, whose partner Bridgett Edge runs Molly's Maison, told the Post & Times: “We are happy that the police have found the bikes, but disappointed that the bikes have been stripped of the signage we had paid a lot of money for.

“It just gets me that these bikes are not worth anything to anyone else as the signs relate to our shop.

“You try and start a new business to benefit the local community and this sort of thing happens. It's going to cost us in the region of £350 to get the bikes back to the way they were.

“I must say that PC Leake who has been dealing with this has been absolutely brilliant.? Police are still appealing for witnesses to help identify the suspected bike thieves.

The suspects are described as two men in their early 20s.

One wore a yellow and black checked lumberjack style shirt and the other wore a dark hooded top.

They were with a woman in her early 20s with dark hair. She wore dark leggings and a light top.

Anyone with information on who took them is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 194 of September 17.

Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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