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Leicestershire Police to patrol parks on BMX stunt bike

PCSO Vince Preston on BMX
Children will be given opportunities to ride the BMX

Leicestershire Police hope to break down barriers with youths by riding a BMX bike to patrol streets and parks.

The force has customised what is believed to be the first police BMX bike in the UK.

PCSO Vince Preston hopes the BMX will encourage youths to approach officers and is small enough for children to be able to have a go for themselves.

He said that as the BMX was easier to manoeuvre it could prove quicker than police mountain bikes.

Officers said they will take the bike, a Haro F3 complete with four stunt pegs, into schools to give advice on road safety.

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