Bike thieves target Mildenhall Cycling Rally

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The theft of 10 bicycles, four of which belonged to an organiser, have taken ‘the edge off’ this year’s Mildenhall Cycling Rally.

The thefts prevented enthusiasts who travel across the county from competing at the annual event.

Merida Scultura 905 Carbon

Merida Scultura 905 Carbon

Mildenhall Cycling Club chairman, Mark Burchett said the event had been targeted by thieves before, but not on this scale.

The four bikes belonging to Mr Burchett had a combined value of £7,000.

Thieves broke into a secure garage at his home in Barnham and stole the bikes the evening before the rally began.

He said: “They clearly knew what they were looking for. They stole the most expensive bikes.

Merida Cyclo Cross 4 55cm

Merida Cyclo Cross 4 55cm

“It’s not something I would want any time of year but on the eve of the rally that really did mess up our plans.”

Despite an increased police presence a further six bikes were stolen from the rally’s campsite in Sheldrick Way overnight on Saturday.

Mr Burchett noticed that participants in the rally appeared more security conscious than in previous years.

He said: “It was noticeable how many more were padlocked I think it’s made people more aware.

Scott CX Comp 201

Scott CX Comp 201

“It’s a sad fact of life we have had to go to these lengths.”

Among the bikes stolen on Saturday night were a white and black man’s Colnago mountain bike, a man’s white and red Specialized mountain bike valued at £400, a man’s red Kona mountain bike valued at £1,000 a man’s Fuji mountain bike valued at £200, a man’s black and red black hawk optima bike worth £2,500 and a black hawk Optima bike valued at £3,000.

The bikes stolen from Mark Burchett included a black Merida Scultura 905 with white and green details, a black

and white Merida Cyclo Cross 4 with red details, a black Merida Scultura 905 with red and white details and a grey Scott CX Comp 2012 with white details.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact PC Jonathan Burke at Bury St Edmunds Police Station on 101

Thousands of people attended this weekend’s event - a full round-up will be in this Friday’s Bury Free Press

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact PC Jonathan Burke at Bury St Edmunds Police Station on 101