POLICE have released CCTV footage of the moment a cycle thief stole a bike at a railway station.

The bike was taken from Thornaby station, Thornaby, near Stockton at about 3.40pm on Saturday, March 2.

British Transport Police have released the footage after routine enquiries failed to solve the crime.

PC Tony McGhin, the investigating officer, said: “CCTV covering the cycle racks shows a man hanging around on the platform until no-one is around. After five minutes of eyeing up the bikes, he then cuts the lock off one, before removing it from the rack and cycle away from the station.”

The stolen bike is a white, Cube Peloton racing bike, with clip on pedals.

Anyone with information which could assist the investigation is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.