Panel takes on bike thieves

AN innovative solution to a spate of pushbike thefts in Kelso is due to be rolled out next month.

The town’s recently re-formed community safety panel will take to the streets on Saturday, October 15, armed with luminous luggage labels.

The volunteers will be on the look-out for unsecured pedal cycles, around eight of which have been stolen in the last two months.

And when they find them, they will tie-wrap the labels, which offer security advice and details of a free bike lock scheme, to the handlebars.

“All the owner has to do is return the tag to the ACE community centre on the Golf Course Road to claim their free bike lock,” explained PC Alex Warmington, community beat officer and secretary of the panel.

“If owners already have locks, the labels will serve as a timely reminder to use them and not make it easy for opportunist thieves.”