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Home News Article. Thieves forced their way into Durness Community Bike Hub last week and snatched 11 bikes, some of which were chained together. The break-in was discovered at around 4. The popular bike hub is run by Durness Development Group and is situated in a central location in the village square. Mr Fuller said that as a result of the theft, the hub would probably not be operational this season and young people would miss out on organised cycling events. A police investigation is under way and a Facebook campaign has been launched in a bid to track down the stolen goods.
The cycling scheme started in July after the development group obtained funding from Cycling Scotland — a Scottish Executive-funded organisation promoting bicycle use. The hub offers not just bike hire and cycle repair but also community ride outs, guided rides and riding skills training. Volunteers manning the hub worked closely with Durness Youth Club, arranging block cycling sessions in the spring and summer.
Mr Fuller explained: "We ran the bike hub as an unmanned facility with my phone in the window, so anyone needing repairs or a hire would ring up and make arrangements. The Facebook campaign had racked up more than shares and has the potential to reach more than 16, people on the social media site.
Mr Fuller is hopeful that, even if the bikes are not traced, the hub will be back in action at some point. He said: "Out of adversity comes the sprinkle of a bit of hope and there are a few funds out there that could help but the reality, as with all these funding applications, is that they take a long time to come to fruition. PC John Murray, based in Lochiver, said although the break-in was only discovered last Thursday, witnesses had observed the door to the shop was ajar the morning.
He said: "It is suspected the incident may have taken place the week beginning Monday, 23rd March. PC Murray said forensic experts had scoured the premises for clues, adding: "Enquiries are at an early stage and are ongoing. Published: , 03 April Easier access to your trusted, local news. Have a look at our brand new digital subscription packages! Learn more. Mr Fuller said: "The youth club are going to miss out unless we can replace the bikes. The thieves would have needed a van or trailer to remove so many bikes.
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Bernard Hames, Durness