Cycle safety campaign in Lowestoft is a big success

A campaign to promote safety and security is set to continue after a competition proved a huge success.

The police initiative, which was launched during February and March, sought to raise awareness among cyclists in the Lowestoft area about how to remain safe while riding and the measures they could take to prevent their bikes being stolen.

The campaign also included a poster competition, with youngsters offered the chance of winning a new bicycle and cycle safety equipment worth �200.

The winner was 12-year-old Benjamin Britten High School pupil Keara Hurrell, who was presented with a Carrera bike from Halfords at the North Quay Retail Park in Lowestoft. Cycle lights and locks, funded by the police authority, were presented to 100 runners-up.

Sgt Steve Wright, of the Lowestoft North SNT, said: 'We're absolutely delighted with the response.

'The posters will be put up in specific hot-spot areas and the plan is to continue with the campaign to reduce cycle thefts.'

The campaign, backed by the Halfords store and supported by local Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) and Suffolk Police Authority, was launched after a rise in cycle thefts in the Lowestoft area.