South east bike shops targeted by 'fake' policeman

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Cycle shops in the south east are being advised to take extra care after several thefts involving a man who is posing as a police officer to steal expensive bikes.

Addiktion Cycles in St Albans and Caterham's Ross Cycles are among the dealers who have been hit, with the former losing a 58cm Trek 4.7 Madone on Saturday morning. Ross Cycles was targeted that afternoon, and two more shops were affected yesterday.

The man claims to be an off-duty police officer who is interested in taking up cycling again. He spends time in the shops asking questions, before presenting a fake warrant card as proof of his ID.

Cycle Works shops in Surrey were also targetted, and they posted up a photo of the man via their Twitter account.

If you have any more information on the Addiktion Cycles theft, email Christopher Kouwenberg at christopher.kouwenberg@herts.pnn.police.uk.

Debbie Corbett is the investigating officer for the Ross Cycles theft; her email is debbie.c.corbett@met.police.co.uk.

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.