Holiday village hit by bike thefts

Center Parcs pics for YP Travel feature (Richard Hercock)
Center Parcs pics for YP Travel feature (Richard Hercock)

Thieves have stolen around £40,000 worth of bikes from Center Parcs since April, it has emerged.

People staying at the New Ollerton holiday park are being targeted by local crooks who are gaining access to the site and stealing the cycles.

The news emerged when a 28-year-old Warsop man appeared before Mansfield Magistrates’ Court last week, charged with the theft of two bikes and criminal damage.

Lawyers told the court that £40,000 worth of bikes had been taken from the park since the start of the financial year - an average of around £1,600 per week.

William Green, of Meden Avenue was jailed for 16 weeks on Wednesday for two thefts on Tuesday 2nd and Sunday 6th October. He also admitted causing criminal damage, by using wire cutters to snip his way out of the site.

The court heard one bike was stolen on the 2nd valued at around £900 and belonging to a female holidaymaker.

In the second incident, three bikes valued at around £3,000 went missing.

Police raided Green’s house and retrieved one of the three cycles, worth around £500.

A Center Parcs spokesman said: “We take the safety and security of our guests extremely seriously and have implemented additional security measures. We continue to work closely with police and this has resulted in a number of the cycles being recovered.”