Hand-built BMX stolen from Gosport conservatory

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A HAND-BUILT BMX has been stolen from a home in Gosport.

The bike, worth around £800, was taken from a house’s conservatory in Torquay Avenue, Gosport, between 11pm on Tuesday and 2am on Wednesday.

The bike, which belongs to a 17-year-old boy, has no name on the frame as it had been resprayed dark green – its original colour was red which is still visible in places.

Police are appealing for any information about the burglary or for anyone who knows the whereabouts of this bike to contact PC Tara Magnus at Fareham police station on 101.

Or call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.

Hampshire Constabulary is urging bike owners to make sure they use a good lock – look for the Sold Secure logo on approved locks – and always lock your bike at home, even when it is in the garage.

They also advise that when you are out and about, lock your bike in a secure location at a bike rack or lamp post, even if you’re leaving it for only a couple of minutes.

Identify and register your bike with schemes such as Immobilise or Bike Register.

Cyclists should consider etching their postcode on to the bike frame.