Heroic Leeds copper live tweets bike thief chase

The culprit was found hiding by the canal

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A bungling thief who attempted to steal a bike on Leeds University grounds last Thursday has been caught.

The male was tracked down by police after stealing a police capture bike designed to detect and follow potential thieves.


PC Matt Guy, of the West Yorkshire police, followed the thief on bike, chasing him all the way down to the canal where he was found hiding.

The incident was live-streamed by Guy in a series of tweets:

It’s not yet confirmed how many bikes were stolen over the course of the past twelve months or how many were recovered.

West Yorkshire police were unable to provide a full statement at this time.