The Elsea Park Community Trust aims to deter bike theft

Barry Cook, Jono Brough, cyclist Steve Machin and PCSO Grame Parrott doing cycle security at the Elsea Park Community Trust at Bourne EMN-140410-204037009
Barry Cook, Jono Brough, cyclist Steve Machin and PCSO Grame Parrott doing cycle security at the Elsea Park Community Trust at Bourne EMN-140410-204037009
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A trust has begun its pledge to help people around the community by holding a session to help cyclists protect their bikes.

People came from Bourne and further afield to the Immobitag fitting session at The Centre @ Elsea Park on Saturday.

The Elsea Park Community Trust bought a special machine to allow the town’s policing team to scan the electronic tags. This means if a stolen bike is recovered it can be easily reunited with its owner.

Trust manager Barry Cook said: “It was an awful day, weather wise, and it was a bit of a slow start, but things did brighten up and we did 25 bikes by the end.

“One couple cycled in from Morton in the rain. We were really pleased.

“The interesting thing was that some people had seen about the day on our website, some on Facebook and some in the Local. The couple from Morton had seen it on a Lincs Alert message.”

The Immobitags were sold at a special price of £6, down from the retail price of £14.50. They will now be sold directly from the centre. And the Bourne policing team will hold another fitting session from 10am to 2pm tomorrow at the corn exchange.

The idea to buy a scanner for use by the police came after 10 bikes for hire were bought for the centre.

Mr Cook said: “We were talking about the security of bikes and how we could protect them. PCSO Graeme Parrott mentioned the Immobitags but said they didn’t have a scanner. We said we could do something about it.

“The premise on which the trust was established is that it’s for the benefit of the residents of Elsea Park and the wider environs on Bourne. Anything we do here is generally open to everyone.”