Concerns raised over CCTV after bike theft

Sam Thomson who has had his bike stolen criticising the level of CCTV'it's the bike rack in Brentgovel Street,
Sam Thomson who has had his bike stolen criticising the level of CCTV'it's the bike rack in Brentgovel Street,
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A 25-YEAR-OLD man has raised concerns about the level of CCTV in a town centre after cameras failed to catch thieves stealing his bike.

Sam Thomson had secured his bike in a rack, in Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds, on a Friday night two weeks ago but returned to find it missing.

After consulting with police and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, he was told that two nearby CCTV cameras had missed the incident and their view had been obscured.

It is the second time he has had a bike stolen in the town centre.

Mr Thomson, of Sicklesmere Road, Bury, said: “The first one happened about a year ago and was taken from the bike rack near the library. That one wasn’t so special.

“The most recent one though was a trials bike with hydraulic brakes. I’d had that bike for five years and had built it up myself.”

He has aired his frustrations with the council and police, who he has described as ‘less than helpful’.

Mr Thomson said: “I’m still not sure what they’re doing. There doesn’t seem to be any follow up.”

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “I can confirm that the bike rack has good CCTV coverage night and day. The cameras have preset tours and in this case spend more time on the bike rack as we are aware of the potential for crime.

“Touring means the cameras move through a wide arc and for the time they are not looking at the bike rack, they are looking at the remaining space in their arc.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Police added that the investigation was still open and anyone with any information relating to the incident should contact PcGraham Brown at the Crime Investigation Bureau on 01284 774100.