Stolen motorbike recovered by police as after just six minutes suspects flee

Stolen bike recovered by police in Southampton. Photo: Southampton Cops/Facebook.

A VEHICLE has been located in a Southampton area just six minutes after it was stolen.

Officers were called to an area behind the Coxford Community Center on Olive Road just after 7pm last night.

It came after reports that a motorbike had been stolen in the area.

But just six minutes later, the bike had been recovered.

A suspect was seen with the stolen vehicle, but after being approached by police drove away.

Another suspect, who was driving a white moped, also fled.

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Now the force has spoken out after a group of young teenagers alerted the suspects so they had time to get away.

An officer explained in a post on the Southampton Cops Facebook page that police had surrounded the area and reportedly made contact 30 or 40 seconds later.

“Special thanks from us to the group of young teenagers who alerted the bad guys to our approach.

“This could constitute an offense of obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duties. I can knock on this boy’s door to explain the offense and how he committed it. I would very much like to know why he wanted to help the bad guy to escape.

“A large and powerful motorbike has been recovered and returned to its owner. It has some damage but nothing that cannot be repaired.

“Best advice – invest in a tracker for your bike. The owner of this bike said the investment was worth it. Having been reported stolen for six minutes with only minimal damage, I agree”

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