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Three stolen bikes worth thousands returned to Stafford Ironman competitors

By Dayna Farrington | Stafford | News | Published:

Two men were arrested after three high-performance bikes belonging to Ironman 70.3 competitors were stolen in Stafford.

Police were able to return Mark Pead's bike to him at the finish line of the event

Police have now recovered all three of the bikes – worth around £17,000 in total – and returned them to their owners.

The three bikes were reported stolen from an outhouse at the rear of the Vine Hotel, in Salter Street, overnight between Friday and Saturday.

Two men, aged 33 and 37, and from the Stafford area, were arrested on suspicion of burglary following the theft of the bikes. They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Yesterday, officers recovered two of the stolen bikes hours after they were taken and this morning they located the third missing bike, hidden in bushes off Newport Road.

The third bike, belonging to Mark Pead, was found by a groundsman at Stafford Castle Golf Club who saw the public appeal for information.

Sadly, Mr Pead's bike wasn't found in time for the start of the triathlon, but it was handed back to him at the finishing line by officers from Stafford Local Policing Team.

Mr Pead, originally from Essex, had travelled from Cyprus to take part in the triathlon.

Chief inspector Gemma Ward, of Stafford Local Policing Team, said: "We are delighted to return the bikes.

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"It is a shame we couldn't get all three back in time for the starter's gun, but we are delighted to return them and want to thank the public for their tremendous support and the information provided."

She added that their investigation was on-going and urged anyone with information to contact Staffordshire Police.

Anyone with information can call 101, quoting incident 220 of June 9.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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