Organisers of the Mildenhall Cycling Rally have labelled the theft of more than £8,000 worth of bicycles from this year’s event as the worst in its history.
Six bicycles, ranging in value from £200 to £2,500, were taken from the rally’s headquarters at Mildenhall College Academy’s Sheldrick Way site, between Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday.
“We have had one or two bicycles stolen before, by the odd opportunist thief but we have never been targeted like this before,” said Mark Burchett, Mildenhall Cycling Club chairman.
“This is definitely the worst bicycle theft that the rally has suffered.”
News of the thefts at the rally came less than 48 hours after Mr Burchett saw thieves raid a garage at his home in Barnham and steal four bikes worth around £10,000.
“My wife went down stairs at around 8.30 Friday morning to look in the garage and I heard this horrible noise,” said Mr Burchett.
“I instantly knew from that point that something had been stolen.
“Having had a first hand experience of bicycles being stolen I can fully sympathise with those who lost their bicycles at the rally.”
As far as security measures go Mr Burchett believes there is little else that can be done by the club to keep thieves out.
“We had two security guards patrol the site each night and the police were present on Saturday and Sunday,” said Mr Burchett.
“Short of having a ring of guards around the site I don’t think there is too much else we can do apart from warn people to be more vigilant and make sure their bikes are locked up when not using them,” said Mr Burchett.
Anyone with information regarding the thefts should contact Suffolk Police on 101.