Store Your Cycle Safely In Moreton This Month

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Store Your Cycle Safely In Moreton This Month

A tool to put a brake on the number of bike thefts across the North Cotswolds has been installed in Moreton in Marsh town centre this week.

A brand new cycle rack has been placed in the North Cotswold town this month in a bid to prevent the number of bikes being stolen and to encourage more people to get in the saddle and use a greener, healthier mode of transport.

The rack, made of metal and with enough space for several bikes, is near the public toilets opposite Tesco's in the High Street and should help in the fight against the growing issue of bike thefts. From April 1st to December 31st 2007, there were 64 bikes stolen across the Cotswold District.

The bike rack was put in place thanks to the efforts of the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, a team made up of Cotswold District Council, Gloucestershire County Council and representatives from Gloucestershire Police, the Primary Care Trust and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue.

Moreton was chosen as a site after CDRP discussions with the town and the group are already looking at other areas around the District for a second bike rack later this spring.

Les Haines, the Principal Community Safety Officer at Cotswold District Council, said:
“The prevention of theft is one of the CDRP's main objectives and having something like this cycle rack in place will help to secure people’s possessions more effectively.
“It will safeguard a number of bikes at the same time and also encourage bike users into the town more, which is a healthy and environmentally-friendly form of transport.”

Anyone wanting further information on crime and safety initiatives currently being run by the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership should contact Les Haines at Cotswold District Council on 01285 623569.

Posted : 26/02/2008 17:59:14

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