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Police crackdown on town's cyclists

PUBLISHED: 03:03 20 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:13 03 March 2010

NEARLY 100 cyclists have been stopped by police in Felixstowe in the past six weeks during a crackdown on people riding without lights.

Officers are running the campaign to highlight safety because of the dark winter mornings and evenings, and to promote security.

NEARLY 100 cyclists have been stopped by police in Felixstowe in the past six weeks during a crackdown on people riding without lights.

Officers are running the campaign to highlight safety because of the dark winter mornings and evenings, and to promote security.

The initiative – which is set to continue for the next few weeks – targets those riding with no lights and thieves.

As a result of investigations, two men, one aged 29 and the other 38, have been arrested and are on police bail until January 31 pending further inquiries.

Sector commander Insp Andy Bushell, wrote to every newsagent in the town at the launch of the campaign to ask them to remind paper girls and boys that they must have lights on their bikes while delivering.

But officers have not just been targeting youngsters, and have been stopping and talking to people of all ages en route to and from school and work.

Insp Bushell said without lights on their cycles, motorists had little chance of seeing them, especially if the riders were wearing dark clothing.

Some 20 youngsters, who had been warned about their lack of lights and not acted, had had letters sent to parents.

Insp Bushell said officers were also aiming to promote improved cycle security to deter thieves.

"Cycle theft is, historically, quite a problem in Felixstowe. Last year 165 were stolen and, although many were recovered, part of this campaign is also to get people to increase cycle security by locking their bikes and getting them postcode marked," he said.

n Police at Felixstowe are trying to trace the owner of a man's mountain bike and are urging people to check if their cycle is still where they left it.

The bike was recovered late on January 12, and anyone who thinks it is theirs should contact Felixstowe police station on 01473 383300. They will be asked a few simple questions in order to identify the cycle.

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