Three Newham arrests in police bike theft operation

Three arrests were made in Newham last week as part of a police effort to tackle bike thefts in public places.

Project Cycle Ops, an ongoing partnership between Transport for London funded Safer Transport Command, British Transport Police, and City of London Police, stepped up their activity in all 32 London boroughs in an effort to make the capital more cycle-friendly.

In total, more than 70 arrests were made, 50 bikes were seized, and officers persuaded 1,400 cyclists - 19 from Newham - to get their bikes security marked and registered online at BikeRegister, the MPS’s preferred cycle registration database.

Supt Stuart Trayler, from the Safer Transport Command, said: “It’s vital that all cyclists are able to leave their locked bike knowing that it will be secure and there when they return.”

Siwan Hayward, deputy director of Community, Safety, Employment, and Policing at TfL, said: “While operations like these send a clear message that bike theft is not tolerated in the Capital, all cyclists are urged to register their bikes online for free to help us identify and recover them if stolen or resold.”

Register your bike for free at www.bikeregister.com.