UPDATED: Appeal following £23,000 Trawden bike theft

INFORMATION APPEAL: Two of the bikes that have been stolen from Go Velo's premises in Trawden (S)
INFORMATION APPEAL: Two of the bikes that have been stolen from Go Velo's premises in Trawden (S)

A company director left devastated following a £23,000 Trawden theft is urging witnesses to step forward.

Kirsti Grayson has spoken out after around 15 to 20 high-value bikes were stolen from Go Velo’s premises.

Camping equipment, tools and bike stands were also taken.

Police say the incident happened between 8pm on Monday, February 16th and 8am on Tuesday, February 17th.

Kirsti said: “We are gutted to be honest, but at the end of the day we are still trading.

“We have picked ourselves up and dusted ourselves off, and we have got to keep going.

“We have put it all over Facebook, and it has gone nationwide and is very prevalent.

“If anybody did see anything, please go to the police.

“We do cycle training and deliver Bikeability sessions to schools across Lancashire, we do adult training and bike maintenance courses.

“These are bikes that are used for children in deprived areas, for adults wanting to ride bikes, and personal property.”

Go Velo has been operating for six years, and during that time Kirsti says there has never been such a high-value theft before.

She said: “I had a personal burglary a couple of years ago, but the bikes were recovered immediately, and I have had another bike stolen, but that was found in Halifax ten minutes later. That one was in my house during this theft, so it has been like the cat with nine lives.”

Amongst the bikes stolen were a black and blue Go Velo road bike with a carbon frame, a white Ribble Sportive road bike, a black and blue Go Velo road bike, a grey Giant Terrago hybrid bike, a white Forme Stag hybrid bike, a red and white Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike, a black Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike, a black and yellow Carrera road bike and two black and two silver Claud Butler Urban mountain bikes.

PC Mark Wilcock of Burnley Police said: “Many of the bikes stolen were of a high value and if anybody has any information at all with regards to where these bikes are now or can tell us who is responsible for the burglary then please contact police.”

Anyone with information can ring 101 quoting crime reference number EG1500832 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.