Bike thefts in Sheffield causes chaos for victims

A series of bike thefts in Woodseats and Norton Lees have left residents questioning how safe Sheffield is for cyclists and motorbike riders.

Tom Smith, 22, a student at the University of Leeds who had returned home to Sheffield, had his bike stolen on Saturday at 2.30am.

He said the motorbike, which he purchased for £1,500, was stolen despite having four locks on the vehicle to prevent it being stolen.

Mr Smith says CCTV footage has revealed that there were four thieves, who he believes to be teenagers.

He said: “I have assignments due this week and next week so it has added a bit of extra stress so I’m trying not to think about it.”

He said he will now have to get the bus until he is able to either get his motorbike back or complete a driving test and buy a car.

Mr Smith also said that a friend of his had his bike stolen, but found after it was discovered by police in a garage among nine other bikes in Parson Cross.

He said: “It is frustrating, if I’ve lost it then I’ve lost it, but I’ll have to take buses in Sheffield until I can afford a car.”

Another victim, a 34 year old construction worker, claims his bicycle could have been stolen as a getaway vehicle by a shoplifter at the SPAR on Lees Hall Avenue in Norton Lees.

The Trek bike is the main mode of transport that he uses, and it is worth £3,000.

He is offering a £100 reward for anyone who can find the bicycle.

Both South Yorkshire Police and Lees Hall Avenue SPAR are yet to comment on the matter.

Written by Owen Barnard

Hi, I'm Owen Barnard and I'm a 19 year old currently studying journalism at the University of Sheffield! I have experience writing for Forge Sport, VAVEL UK and I am also the Match Reporter at Potters Bar Town FC.

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Written by Owen Barnard

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