POLICE are investigating a spate of bike thefts in Worcester city centre with CCTV here showing a potential suspect.

PC Alex Denny said the situation in the city centre was becoming "a bit of a nightmare" with 38 bikes stolen since January. In particular, thieves seem to be targeting Specialized (make) Hardrock (model) mountain bikes.

He is also investigating the theft of pedal cycle from within the Marrs Bar in Pierpoint Street at 12.20am on Thursday , April 3.

Pictured here are stills of a person police wish to contact in connection with the theft of the DiamondBack Mojito in White. It has 29 inch wheels, quite an uncommon feature in bikes.

PC Denny offered several tips for keeping bikes safe from thieves, including registering them at www.Bikeregister.com, marking your frame in at least two locations (with one of the marks hidden from view to prevent it being removed), recording the frame number and keep this somewhere safe (this will assist police if the bike is recovered or if they stop a person with a bike matching the description of the stolen bike), always makes sure you lock your cycle, use a sturdy lock and ensure that it is locked to a secure object, do not allow the lock to rest on the floor, lock your bike in a busy area, well lit area ideally covered by CCTV.

If anybody has any information that might help in my investigation could they contact PC Denny on 101 and quote incident number 0458S 030414