Do you know this man? That is the question officers from BTP are asking as they investigate the theft of a bicycle from a train at Penzance railway station.

Officers have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, as well as a photograph of a bicycle similar to the one that was stolen.

Investigating officer, PC Wayne Frost, said: “The 38-year-old victim placed his white and red, specialist Hard Rock mountain bike in the cycle storage compartment of the 1739hrs Penzance-London Paddington service on Saturday, 28 December 2013 as it awaited departure at Penzance station.

“The victim then boarded the train but when he alighted at Truro station and went to collect his cycle, he discovered it was missing.”

“Enquiries have been ongoing since the theft to discover who took the cycle. I am today able to release a photograph of a man I would like to speak to as I believe he will have key information about this incident.

“I am also releasing a photograph of a cycle similar to the one stolen cycle and I would urge anyone who may have been recently offered such a cycle for sale in the Penzance area to come forward with any information.”

Unfortunately, bicycles remain a desirable target for many thieves at train stations. However, BTP is cracking down on this type of crime and we have a dedicated team of officers specifically focused on tackling this issue.

PC Frost added: “We are undertaking plain clothes and high profile operations to catch thieves in the act. We are also working closely with cycle and second-hand shops in the area and are monitoring online auction and advertising sites to make it more difficult for thieves to sell on stolen property.”

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Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.