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Bike thief sentenced

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been sentenced for theft of pedal cycle offences in Windsor.

At Reading Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Ryan Beresford (pictured), aged 35, of Alma Road, Windsor was sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment (suspended for 12 months) after pleading guilty to seven counts of theft for crimes committed between 1 June and 29 June 2020.

Mr Beresford, armed with bolt cutters, stole at least seven high-value bicycles in the Windsor area.

In addition, Mr Beresford was issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) which is in place for five years and has to undergo drug dependency treatment for six months and must participate in Rehabilitation Activity Requirement for 30 days.

As part of the CBO, Mr Beresford must not:

  • Enter Windsor town centre
  • Be in possession of any wire cutters, bolt croppers, hammers, pliers, spanners, allen keys or screw drivers whilst in any public place within England and Wales except carried for the purpose and in the court of employment
  • Use or have possession of a pedal cycle, bicycle part or bicycle accessory without valid proof of ownership, such as a receipt
  • Enter or loiter near any bicycle storage area or cycle rack anywhere within England and Wales, except where legitimately storing or retrieving own bicycle.

Investigating officer, PC Tom Hughes-Parry, based at Maidenhead police station, said:

“He [Mr Beresford] gave no regard to the owners of the bicycles, which for some are an important mode of transport. I hope this sentence, and his time on remand, combined with the CBO gives him time to reflect on his actions and reassures the community that Thames Valley Police does not tolerate this behaviour and we will work hard to bring offenders to justice and put an end to this behaviour.”

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