Police are trying to reunite cyclists with their prized wheels after 63 stolen bikes were recovered in Chester.

Officers described how a 79-year-old was delighted when they turned up on his doorstep with his bike which had gone missing six years ago.

The pensioner, from Vicars Cross, was said to be over the moon when police presented him with the bike which he said he ‘didn't expect to see again’.

His bike was one of 63 seized by officers who discovered them at a commercial city centre premises at around 4pm on Thursday (January 8).

Officers, trying to reunite the bikes with their real owners, say they have been inundated with queries from cyclists trying to track down their missing bikes, with people contacting them from all over the North West and Wales after seeing their appeal on twitter.

 

PC Vicki Hazlewood, from Chester Inner Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said some of the bikes looked almost brand new and some belonged to children.

She urged local residents who may have had their bike stolen to check their records to try and find serial numbers, frame numbers or pictures and to contact their local policing team.

“We are desperate to return these bikes to their rightful owners,” said PC Hazlewood.

“We have just had the pleasure of returning a stolen bike to a 79-year-old victim from Vicars Cross. He thought he would never see it again, he is delighted."

Two men were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, they were bailed to return to the police station at a later date.

The local team can be contacted on chester.inner.npu@cheshire.pnn.police.uk or call into Chester Town Hall Police Station.