1. ITV Report

Bike thefts increase as thieves target cyclists using Leigh Woods and Ashton Court

Cyclists using the cycle path in Leigh Woods Photo: ITV West

Bike thefts in Bristol have increased in recent months. The police have investigated twenty eight incidents in March where high value bikes have been targeted by thieves. Most of the cyclists who have had their bikes stolen were cycling in Leigh Woods and the Ashton Court area. It's thought that some may have been followed home before having their bikes stolen.

DC Caroline Stainer works for the Priority Crime Team, she is advising people to be vigilant when cycling and to take down a registration number if they believe they are being followed.

The Police have arrested four people in connection with bike thefts in the area.

You can read more about the arrests on the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website.

What have the Police been doing to address the issue?

We spoke to cyclists who use the cycle path in Leigh Woods.

What advice are the Police giving to cyclists?

-Make sure you have insurance for your bike

-Have adequate protection, use an alarm system, lighting and bolt bikes to an immovable object

-Register your bike on the immobilise website so it can traced back to you