ANOTHER family has been affected by a recent spate of bicycle thefts.

Justin and Gemma Drinkwater, who both work at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, were targeted by thieves who stole bikes from a shed at their Droitwich home.

Mr Drinkwater said: "Our shed was broken into on Friday (May 8) night. They removed the door and stole three push bikes.

“We’re all feeling really low about the thefts as we’re keen cyclists and enjoy quality time out with the children making memories.

"That has been taken away from us due to this. My wife, Gemma is an A&E sister and I feel as though life is stressful enough for her at the moment without this happening as well.”

The bikes are described as a black and orange KTM Revelator Master Road bike, an orange Whyte T-130 s full suspension mountain bike and a pink Whyte 802 Fardtail mountain bike.

Last week we reported on another family, where the parents were also key workers, who fell victim to thieves.

Katie Farnsworth, 32, launched a desperate appeal to try and find out what happened to the two bikes stolen from her son, Ethan, 9 and husband Alex.

Mrs Farnsworth, of Windermere Drive, said: “My husband and eldest son went to get the bikes from our locked shed so we could go for a family bike ride on one of my rare days off. The look on Ethan’s face when he saw that his brand new bike had been taken! He was distraught, heartbroken and devastated, it is a look we can’t stop seeing. “

Chief Inspector Gareth Morgan, from Worcester City Patrol & Safer Neighbourhood Teams, said “We have seen an increase in bike thefts compared with the same period last year."

Chief Inspector Morgan said police were 'correlating data' to try and identify suspects and were offering crime prevention advice where appropriate.

He added: "I would ask that people ensure that they secure their bikes with an appropriate locking mechanism and a suitable location that reduces opportunistic criminality.”