Northamptonshire Police setting up shop in Grosvenor Centre to sell refurbished bikes

A scheme designed to help young offenders turn their lives around by developing skills in bicycle maintenance has been launched.

A scheme designed to help young offenders turn their lives around by developing skills in bicycle maintenance has been launched.

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Bikes fixed by a group of young offenders are to be sold for cheap prices starting from £10 at a special shop in the Grosvenor Centre tomorrow.

The bikes, which have all either been recovered or seized by Northamptonshire Police, have been refurbished as part of the Cycl-opps project.

Shoppers will be able to view and purchase one of the bikes which will be displayed in an empty shop unit on the upper floor of the Grosvenor Centre, close to Primark, from 10am until 3pm on Friday, December 4.

Inspector Dina Sunderland helped set up Cycl-opps, which sees young offenders given the chance to learn basic bike repair techniques in the hope their new skills will help them secure work and turn away from crime.

She said: “We’ll have some wonderful bikes on offer at the shop at prices which will make very reasonable Christmas presents.

“It’s wonderful to see these bikes looking so good now, as they were just wasting away in the back yards of police stations across the county until we got them.

“Now, they will make wonderful gifts for people and they have also been tremendously useful in helping a number of young offenders learn vital new skills.”

Police officers will also be available at the shop to offer crime prevention advice and a raffle will be held in aid of head injuries charity, Headway Northampton CIO (reg. charity no 1158332), with the chance to win two bicycles, a range of cycling accessories and a cycling shirt signed by the British men’s sprint team.

The Cycl-opps project was created by Northamptonshire Police in partnership with Goodwill Solutions, Growing Together and the Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service.

It is based in Moulton Park at a workshop donated by Community Interest Company, Goodwill Solutions. It is hoped the project will become self-funding through the sale of the bikes.

The draw for the Headway Northampton CIO raffle takes place on December 8 and tickets cost £1.