A Huyton man who had his stolen bike found by a local Knowsley officer and returned within eight hours has written to Merseyside Police's Chief Constable Andy Cooke to offer his thanks.
At around 2.30pm on Tuesday 16 October, unknown persons entered the garden of a house on St Annes Road and wheeled away a Suzuki Bandit motorbike belonging to the resident, Mr Sloan. Carrying out enquiries, Community Policing officer Ross Dutton located and recovered the bike eight hours later, abandoned in McGoldricks Park.
Constable Dutton said: "It is always satisfying to reunite someone with their pride and joy, and we are sharing this good news to show communities that when they provide information about stolen vehicles, we will take swift and decisive action.
"Numerous stolen motorbikes and other vehicles have been recovered across Merseyside, some of which have been used in anti-social behaviour and serious and organised crime.
"Keep coming forward with anything you know about thefts and use of such vehicles. The quicker we recover them, the safer our communities are."
Mr Sloan wrote to Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke to offer his thanks and recognising this work, the Chief Constable said: "I have been informed by Mr Sloan of your assistance on 16th October 2018, when you recovered his stolen motorcycle.
"Mr Sloan is grateful for the empathy shown from you and for your actions in returning and securing his motorcycle.
"Thank you for representing Merseyside Police in such a positive way. This is an excellent example of putting our communities first.
Anyone with information on the storage or criminal / anti-social use of stolen motorbikes can speak to local officers, send information to @MerPolCC, contact 101 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.