BMX stolen from train

BRITISH Transport Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a 12-year-old boy had his bicycle stolen from a train at Thorne railway station.

The victim, from Goole, was travelling on the train from Doncaster to Goole. He placed his bike in the luggage compartment at the end of the train.

A man boarded the train in Doncaster with two men and women. He then grabbed the bike before jumping off the train at Thorne station. The victim gave chase and managed to grab the bike wheel but it was pulled from his hand and the suspect fled the station.

The man is described as white, of medium build in his mid twenties. He had dark short hair and wore a white hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms. The bike, an orange BMX Mongoos, is quite distinctive. It is worth in excess of £200.

Pc Duck added: “Unfortunately cycles are a popular target for thieves, and I would urge people to be vigilant. If someone offers to sell you a bike that matches this description, please report it to police immediately to British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference B9/NEA of 03/08/2011, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.