Cyclists are being warned to lock up their bikes in Barnstaple after a surge in thefts throughout the town centre.

Bicycles have been reported missing from across the town centre, most prominently at Tuly Street, Boutport Street, Clock Tower and Litchdon Street and Barnstaple bus station.

The bicycles that have been taken from these locations have been left for extended periods of time.

Not all the bicycles reported were secured.

PC Sarah Wrey said: “We would like to take this opportunity to ask people to check their bicycles are left securely.

“A number of the bicycles that have been reported stolen had been left in the same place for an extended period of time, including overnight.

“At this time we strongly suggest that people do not leave their bicycles in the town centre overnight, even if they have been secured.”

Investigations, which includes viewing CCTV footage, are ongoing with Barnstaple local police team.

If you have any information contact Police or Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111 quoting crime number CR/109958/18