Three arrested following moped theft attempt at Milton Keynes retail park

    Police were led on a chase last night at MK1 retail park following reports of moped theft.

    Officers from the Milton Keynes South Neighbourhood Policing Team responded to a report of a theft of moped in progress.

    Police say a group of people were seen at the MK1 retail park looking at a moped which had been left unlocked with no steering lock.

    Unaware that they were being followed by a member of the public, the group ran through the retail park towards Fitness First gym.

    The witness provided direct updates to one of the attending officers whilst they ran.

    Thames Valley Police say: "Multiple units deployed to the area and plotted up around the gym and Stadium MK.

    "As officers exited their car and entered the car park the four persons ran out from behind the gym and into the car park. Two persons were swiftly detained and arrested on suspicion of theft of vehicle. The other two persons were identified and one of them was arrested a few hours later.

    "The moped was recovered in perfect working order and was returned to the owner. After talking to the owner he was very greatful to get their moped back which cost them £1,700.

    "Enquiries are still ongoing..."

    The police have also issued the following advice to bike owners: "To all bike owners please help us reduce motorbike crime by using the steering locks, heavy duty chains, disc locks and alarms. Recently the motorbike thefts were dealing with are due to to no security being applied onto the bike. LET'S MAKE IT HARDER FOR THEM!"

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