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Bike thief sentenced – Benfleet, Essex

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A bike thief has been sentenced for stealing nine bikes from Benfleet railway station.

Ronald Stopher, aged 33, of Thorney Bay Caravan Park in Canvey Island in Essex, pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft.

He was sentenced at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on 10 August to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £3,029 compensation.

Between 29 May and 2 July this year, Stopher stole nine bicycles from Benfleet railway station.

He was arrested by BTP officers at the station on 13 July when officers recognised him from CCTV footage of previous bike thefts.

 

 

 

For advice about how to protect your bike, go to http://www.btp.police.uk/advice_and_information/travelling_safely/bicycle_security.aspx

  • Register your bicycle at www.bikeregister.com.
  • Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden.
  • Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will help us to recover your bike if it is stolen.
  • Whenever you need to leave you bike, make sure you lock it. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand or a strong immovable object.
  • Whenever possible, lock your bike in a busy, well-lit and CCTV covered area.
  • Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.
  • Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
  • Locks are considered more vulnerable when they come in to contact with the ground, so keep them off the floor.
  • Keep valuables secure. Don't put them in open baskets or panniers.

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