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Thief jailed after botched bike theft at York station

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A thief who destroyed a commuter’s bicycle in a botched attempt to steal it from York railway station has been jailed. 
 
Thomas Smith, 29, of Marfleet Lane in Hull, was spotted by a taxi driver trying to violently yank the £900 bike away from a set of railings.
 
A D-lock kept the bike in place, but Smith’s actions snapped its carbon fibre frame in two.
 
The failed theft happened on Sunday 21 April.
 
Forensic evidence identified Smith as the culprit and he was later found and arrested in July. 
 
He pleaded guilty to attempted theft of a pedal cycle and was jailed for 12 weeks at Scarborough Magistrates Court on Tuesday 17 September.
 
PC Nick Storey, of the British Transport Police, said: “This result shows we have the full support of the courts in prosecuting individuals who show utter disregard for people and their property. 
 
“York station is a major transport hub used by hundreds of cyclists every day – we will do everything in our power to protect their interests and bring cycle thieves to justice.”

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