A "RARE and distinctive" mountain bike has been stolen during an event in the Yorkshire Dales.

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses and information following the theft of the bike at the Dales Bike Centre in Fremington, near Reeth, during the Ard Rock mountain biking event there at around 7.30pm on Friday, August 3.

A competitor from the Ard Rock bike race had left his bright yellow 2015 Orbea Rallon leaning against the bike centre while on the phone.

A man described as medium build, around 5ft 10ins tall with wavy ginger hair wearing a peak cap and mountain biking gear got on to the bike and rode off towards Reeth. A number of competitors and the victim tried to chase him but the offender got away.

It is possible a vehicle was waiting nearby.

A spokesman from North Yorkshire Police said: "The bike is very distinctive and rare. It has been customised and now has red anodised lowest gear on the back end & Fox 34 forks. It also has a red chain tensioner at the bottom of the front chain ring and a red chain guide above the front chain ring. It is worth around £2,000.

"In particular, we are appealing for information from anyone who had a Go-Pro or Dash camera and has noticed anything suspicious in the area."

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact PC 1255 Jack Dodsworth at North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Jack Dodsworth. You can also email Jack.Dodsworth1255@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12180143112.