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A THREE-month investigation by police has recovered more than 80 bikes that may have been stolen from the Portsmouth area.

Hampshire Constabulary has issued pictures of each bike in the hope that owners will reclaim them.

One of the pictures of stolen bikes issued by Hampshire Police

One of the pictures of stolen bikes issued by Hampshire Police

Investigating officer Detective Constable Owen Woods said: ‘Our investigation is attempting to identify whether or not any of the bikes seized were stolen.’

The investigation has taken three months to put together and centres around suspected thefts and the possible handling of stolen goods.

As a result, a 53-year-old man from Gosport and three 17-year-old youths from Portsmouth are on police bail during August pending further enquiries.

Det Con Woods added: ‘We’ve pursued several lines of enquiry since May this year, and are now publishing photos of the bicycles in an appeal for anyone who recognises them as their own to come forward.

‘I am asking members of the public to take a few minutes to look at these pictures online.

‘Not all stolen bicycles are reported to the police so we are keen to know if any local residents have information that could help our investigation.’

The investigation into the stolen bikes has its own reference number, which anyone with any information regarding the thefts, or who want to identify one of the bikes, is asked to quote.

The number is 44130 159414 and anyone who is claiming one or more of the bikes needs to provide proof of their identity, as well as proof of ownership, before they will be allowed to take their bike.

Contact Det Con Woods at Fareham Police Station directly by phoning 101 (extension 641166) or by emailing owen.woods@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

The Mini-com number, which is used by deaf and hard of hearing callers, has changed to Minicom TextRelay 18001 101.

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