11:45am Tuesday 22nd October 2013
By Chris Webber
A CRIME victim who was outraged that he had to pay £150, plus £10 extra per day, to recover his stolen motorbike, has told of his relief that the police paid up after all.
Stephen Riley, 55, of Stockton, had his Honda 125 motorbike stolen from the back of his house, but it was later found by police.
The motorcycle was not insured as it was off-road and the bike, which cost £500 two years ago, had been very badly damaged. Mr Riley said the cost of recovering it from the garage was more than the value of the bike.
But, after his story appeared in The Northern Echo, Mr Riley was told by police he would not have to pay after all and one of the thieves had been charged with taking a motorcycle without consent.
He said: “In the end the police were great, and I couldn’t be happier with them. It might actually be worth my trying to do something with the bike now.”
Detective Constable Paul Whitehouse of Stockton CID said: “We are pleased that the stolen bike was recovered and that a 20-year-old man from Stockton was charged with taking a motorcycle without consent of the owner.
“It is just unfortunate that the bike owner did not get the chance to speak to the officer in charge of the case. If he had, he would have been informed that we would organise the release of the bike for him, free of charge.
“The main thing is that the bike is now with its rightful owner and someone has been caught for the theft.”
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