Grateful Hartlepool bobbies on their donated bikes

PCSO's Sam Lindley and Stephen Widdowfield pictured on the new bikes. Also pictured are (left to right) neighbourhood Co-ordinator Garry Jones, coun Paul Beck, neighbourhood development officer Sue McBride and coun Jean Robinson.
PCSO's Sam Lindley and Stephen Widdowfield pictured on the new bikes. Also pictured are (left to right) neighbourhood Co-ordinator Garry Jones, coun Paul Beck, neighbourhood development officer Sue McBride and coun Jean Robinson.

THERE will be no easy getaway for criminals after kindhearted councillors donated two bikes to a neighbourhood policing team.

The officers at Miers Avenue Police Station now have two new £350 bikes at their disposal.

Labour councillors Paul Beck and Jean Robinson, who both represent the Hart ward, paid for the bikes using their individual ward member budgets.

Coun Beck said: “At our ward surgeries, one of the issues which is often raised is the difficult job facing the neighbourhood police team.

“These bikes would now help officers if would-be offenders make off down small alleyways and also helps them to get around the ward.

“We thought it would be a good idea to fund a couple of bikes that are road and terrain-worthy.”

PCSO Sam Lindley said: “We are delighted with the bikes. They will allow us to get around the ward quicker and the public get a faster response time. Hart is a very rural ward so it also allows us to get to a lot more areas.”

Coun Robinson added: “I fully sympathise with the financial pressures which the police are facing and I believe that our contribution can go a long way to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in the area I represent.”