South Scotland

Peebles thieves steal holidaymakers' bikes

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Thieves have stolen two mountain bikes worth thousands of pounds from tourists on a cycling holiday in the Borders.

The bicycles were taken from a caravan park on Rosetta Road in Peebles overnight between Sunday and Monday.

They had been chained to a tree near to the owners' camper van.

In the morning they discovered that both the bikes - worth about £9,000 in total - had been taken along with the chains which had been used to secure them to the tree.

The first bike is a 2015 model Scott Genius adult male mountain bike worth about £6,000 while the second is a 2016 model Specialised ladies bike worth £3,000.

Insp Carol Wood said: "The owners of the bikes are tourists, who were undertaking a cycling holiday in Scotland, and they have been left extremely distressed by this theft.

"We are eager to recover the bikes and trace those responsible as soon as possible.

"Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact us immediately."

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