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Teenager sentenced after string of bike thefts – Essex

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A teenage boy was last week sentenced at South Essex Youth Court after he pleaded guilty to multiple bike thefts at Essex stations. 

The 16-year-old – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was accused of stealing bikes from Westcliff and Leigh on Sea stations as well as possession of drugs. 

The investigation started after a bike, worth £800, was stolen from Westcliff station during the early hours on Sunday 2 July. On Tuesday 18 July, another bike was taken from Leigh on Sea station. 

CCTV images were then assessed and the same 16-year-old boy was linked to each incident. Officers attended his home address to arrest him, where a small quantity of cannabis was discovered.  He was later charged with two counts of theft and one count of possession of a controlled drug. 

He appeared at court on Tuesday 22 August where he was ordered to attend the Southend Youth Offending Panel for seven months and pay £260 compensation. 

PC Cornell said: “Unfortunately bikes remain a popular targets for opportunist thieves and I would encourage bike users to employ strong sturdy locks. In doing so, we can help tackle cycle crime. 

“I hope this young boy learns from the mistakes he has made and keeps himself out of trouble.”

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