TWO teenagers were arrested after they attempted to steal a bike from York Station.

The 14 and 15-year-olds, from York, were arrested near the cycle racks on platform one on Tuesday night after rail staff saw them acting suspiciously and alerted police.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted the offence and was reprimanded.

No further action was taken against the 15-year-old.

Inspector Jim Walsh, of British Transport Police (BTP), said cycle theft was on the increase and rail stations were often targeted due to the number of bikes being left by passengers for long periods of time.

He said BTP wanted to send a strong message that its dedicated team of officers were specifically focused on tackling this type of crime. We are undertaking plain clothes and high-profile operations to catch thieves in the act.

Thieves should also be aware that most cycle racks are covered by CCTV so it’s only a matter of time before we track them down.

“We are also working closely with cycle and second hand shops in the area and are monitoring online sales sites to make it more difficult for thieves to sell on stolen property.”