Stolen motorbikes returned to their owners

Avon & Somerset Police have returned three stolen motorcycles to their rightful owners.

Officers were called to Hartcliffe Way, Bristol, at about 3pm on yesterday following reports of six people on three motorbikes.

The sighting linked in with the theft of a motorbike from Whiteladies Road earlier on Monday.

Officers searched the areas and found the three motorcycles abandoned in Bourchier Gardens in Hartcliffe at about 4.20pm. A boy in his mid-teens was detained nearby following a short foot chase. He was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a knife, and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

A Triumph Tiger was found to have been stolen from Bath Road in Brislington on Sunday while a Yamaha X600 had been taken from Clifton earlier on Monday. The owner of a Suzuki GSXR hadn’t been aware the bike had been stolen until officers got in touch.

A fourth motorbike, a Benelli BN, was seized in Keynsham in the early hours of today, having been reported stolen in Twerton in Bath, on Saturday night. Officers located it after a caller reported suspicious behaviour.

Police say they continue to use a range of resources and tactics to identify offenders involved in the theft and anti-social use of motorcycles.