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Boris Johnson visits Beeston and meets local policing teams

Mr Johnson was visiting the Canal Side Heritage Centre as part of his ongoing work to increase the use of cycling.

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Boris Johnson visits Beeston – Prime Minister Boris Johnson saw first-hand how the Beeston Neighbourhood Policing Team are working hard to put the brakes on bike thieves this summer.

Mr Johnson was visiting the Canal Side Heritage Centre as part of his ongoing work to increase the use of cycling.

PCSOs Christopher Cupit and Neil Reddish were conducting a cycle coding event at the centre, and Mr Johnson spoke to them yesterday (Tuesday 28 July 2020) about their work within the community to reduce cycle crime.

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PCSO Cupit said: “We had an informal chat about cycle crime throughout the whole country. It was part of his visit to the local area to encourage more people to get on their bikes to help them get fit and healthy.

“We have security marked a few bikes and we also gave away some alarmed cycle locks, which are a good deterrent for thieves.”

Sergeant Heather Harding added: “Cycle theft is a priority for the local community.

“With the start of the summer holidays and the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions we are seeing more and more cyclists venturing out.

“Around 3,000 bicycles are stolen in Nottinghamshire every year as they are often left unsecured which is the perfect opportunity for opportunist thefts.

“We’re urging cyclists to keep their bikes safe, locked and secure to avoid them becoming a victim of cycle thefts.”

“Due to the lockdown restrictions it’s been a while since we held our last bike coding event, but these are a great opportunity to meet people and give them crime prevention advice. We are hoping to get some events booked in in the near future at places like the Heritage Centre where we see a large number of visitors.

Details of future events, which will be open to everyone, will be published in due course.”

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