Bicycles worth £18,000 stolen in Shropshire shop raid
Raiders swooped on a cycling shop in Shropshire stealing seven top of the range mountain bikes worth £18,000.
In the early morning raid at Blazing Bikes in Marshbrook, near Church Stretton yesterday, raiders stole an Orange 322 model valued at £5,500, an Orange
Gyro black gold edition mountain bike, a Labyrinth Minotaur mountain bike with full Bos suspension and an Eddy Merckx EMX3 mountain bike.
Police say thieves forced entry into the shop, just off the A49, between 3am and 3.30am and staff at the shop have said about £2,000 damage was caused to windows and doors during the burglary.
Shop workers have posted pictures and descriptions of the bikes on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word through the local cycling community and help trace the bikes.
Richard Ewels, spokesman for West Mercia Police, said to steal the bikes thieves must have used a getaway vehicle, adding anyone with information should contact police.
He said: "The culprits had forced entry and stole seven mountain bikes. They will have to have used a vehicle to be able to do this.
"Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have any other information to come forward.
"People can contact Ludlow police station on 101. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."
Blazing Bikes is part of an outdoor complex which includes the MTB-Shropshire mountain bike centre, a campsite, an outdoors shop and the Station Inn pub.
By Peter Finch
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