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Last Updated: Friday, 5 May 2006, 16:19 GMT 17:19 UK
Bike racks aim to thwart thieves
An additional 25 bicycle racks have been installed in Cheltenham in an attempt to halt the number of bikes being stolen from the town centre.

Over the past nine months bicycles valued at more than 100,000 have been reported stolen from Cheltenham.

The council hopes the racks will also reduce the number of bicycles left locked to railings and lampposts.

New racks can be found near the Tivoli shops, on the Promenade and in the High Street next to the post office.

"Cycling can be a very convenient way to get around Cheltenham and it is increasingly popular," said Philip Williams, assistant director for integrated transport.

"Unfortunately criminals are taking advantage of this, so it is important that residents securely park their bikes when they go out."

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