CALLOUS thieves have stolen bicycles from a garage - owned by Blackpool Police.
Mereside’s local neighbourhood policing team say youngsters from the estate have been left devastated following a raid at the police garage where eight brand new BMX bikes, worth around £2,000, were being stored.
The bikes were bought for local youths, who wanted to keep out of trouble and use the new £92,000 track off Bowness Avenue.
PCSO Andy Dziegiel said: “The youngsters have been really pro-active and worked with people in the community to get funding for the bike track.
“Now they are very upset. They’ve only had the bikes two weeks and it’s hit them hard.
“They feel let down. Whoever has done this has stolen from the most vulnerable members of society.”
The white BMX Haro bikes – for eight to 16-year-olds – were stolen sometime between 10pm on Friday April 8 and 12pm on Monday.
The break-in at the garage on Deepdale Road was spotted by a member of the public and when PCSO Dziegiel and PCSO Natalie Porter went to investigate they found the garage door had been twisted off its hinges.
The bikes – which are worth about £250 to £300 each – were donated by Bike Club Blackpool.
Police had hoped to set up a bike club during the Easter holidays so youngsters without access to a bike could use the new track.
PCSO Dziegiel added: “We suspect there was more than one person and they called back more than once. It’s a disgusting act.
“This is one of the most deprived areas of Blackpool and we wanted to try and build up children’s fitness and keep them away from crime.
“It’s going to affect a significant amount of children.”
Since the theft, local youngsters have been scouring the streets for the bikes. They have managed to find one but seven are still missing.
Police and local youth workers are now appealing for anyone with information about the break-in to come forward.
Donna Spedding, youth involvement manager, said: “All of the bikes are coded.
“I would urge anybody with any suspicions about where these bikes could be or about the people responsible to contact police.”
Anyone with any information can contact PCSOs Andy Dziegiel or Natalie Porter via 08451 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Alternatively drop into the community centre on Bowness Avenue.