A POLICE appeal has been launched to find a man suspected of trying to steal a bike chained up at a South Tyneside Metro station.
The attempted theft was captured on CCTV at Brockley Whins station in South Shields.
A man was seen acting suspiciously outside the station before trying to steal a bike which was secured to railings with tools he had brought with him.
He was disturbed by a member of the public and fled empty-handed.
The attempted theft happened at about 2pm on Wednesday, June 18.
Pc Mick Proudfoot of British Transport Police’s Metro unit said: “A man was caught on CCTV acting suspiciously outside the station.
“He then approached a bike which was secured to the railings.
“The man pulled a hammer and a chisel or screwdriver out of a blue plastic bag and attempted to break the bike lock with the tools.
“Hewas disturbed by a member of the public walking over the footbridge and fled the scene empty-handed.
“The man clearly went equipped to steal.
“His attempts to break the lock left it badly damaged and unuseable, but luckily he was unable to remove it to steal the bike.”
Anyone with information on the identity of the man is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.
Callers are asked to quote reference PSUB/B4 of 27/6/2014 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.