A BIKE thief was stopped by police as he tried to make a run for it in Bournemouth

The Bournemouth University neighbourhood policing team were on patrol at the Wallisdown campus when a suspicious male suddenly attempted to make off on a bike. 

Officers quickly put an end to his escape plan and the stolen bike was returned to its owner - before they had even realised it had been stolen. 

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A man is now assisting police with enquiries.

The police have issued a reminder that some bike locks are stronger than others and that weak locks can be cut quickly by thieves.