Bike thief ordered to pay thousands to victims

A thief who stole commuters’ bikes from Comet country rail stations has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in compensation to his victims.

Paul Hurst of Kings Lynn targeted expensive bikes at stations across the region, including Hitchin and Baldock, which he then sold at car boot sales.

British Transport Police used CCTV images of Hurst loitering around cycle racks to track him down and arrest him.

After pleading guilty to a string of offences dating back to April he was ordered by Stevenage magistrates last week to pay �3,318 in compensation and a �1,400 fine.

Investigating officer Pc Tim Tubbs said: “Hurst caused misery for the people he stole from and I hope this case sends a strong message - that if you intend to steal from the railway there’s a good chance you’ll end up in court.”