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Orbit South get Bexley police on their bikes

PUBLISHED: 11:45 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:45 16 May 2013

Orbit South neighbourhood officer Mark Connolly with Bexley safer neighbourhood officers

Orbit South neighbourhood officer Mark Connolly with Bexley safer neighbourhood officers

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Property developers Orbit South have donated six bikes to Bexley Safer Neighbourhood Teams to try and reduce crime in the borough.

The mountain bikes, costing a combined £3,000, will be used be teams working in Erith, North End and Colyers wards.

Sgt Rob Jobson, of Bexley police, said: “The bikes are proving to be a key tool in helping us reduce crime and disorder across the wards.

“They have enabled my teams to increase patrols of the ward covering far greater areas in considerably less time than would be achieved by walking.

“We have successfully used the bikes on the Arthur Street estate in Erith, allowing us to increase patrols in this area whilst not having to reduce patrols of other areas of the ward.

“In March 2013 officers on these bikes assisted in detaining three men in Slade Green who were subsequently arrested for drugs offences. Another success has been on Erith marshes where we have used the new bikes to successfully stop three separate groups of people illegally riding off road motorbikes.”

The money for the bikes came from Orbit South’s community investment fund.

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