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Bike thief sentenced to five months in prison – Reading

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A man has been sentenced to a total of five months in prison for various thefts in Berkshire.

Michael Howe, aged 30, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 5 October.

He was sentenced to:

  • One month in prison for theft from a shop in Bracknell on 4 October
  • Four months in prison, to be served consecutively, for theft of a pedal cycle at Reading railway station on 29 August
  • Three months in prison, to run concurrently, for theft of a pedal cycle at Central Swimming Pool in Battle Street, Reading, on 27 August
 Howe pleaded guilty to the offences at the same court hearing.

Sergeant Chris Fells, based at Reading station, said: “Bikes are a popular target for thieves and I am pleased that thanks to the work of BTP officers, a prolific bike thief is now behind bars. Officers regularly patrol Reading station and it is a CCTV rich environment, which makes it very hard for thieves like Howe to get away without being caught.

“There are some simple steps that can be taken to protect yourself from becoming a victim of bike theft. Use a recognised security standard lock such as a D-lock, and use the Gold Standard ratings when purchasing a lock. If you leave your bike at a station, lock it in a busy, well-lit area.”

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