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'bristol bike takers' gang member jailed

A teenager who was a ‘key part’ of an organised, co-ordinated and prolific Bristol Bike Takers gang has been jailed for seven years on evidence including videos he took of his exploits.

Tyreece Ancel filmed himself stealing and joyriding a large number of motorbikes and cars, posting the videos on social media.

On Tuesday, Bristol Crown Court today heard he caused more than £100,000 of loss to a number of victims between 2016 and 2019.

The 19-year-old would see bikes advertised online, go to the sellers’ addresses and steal a vast number of vehicles while people were asleep in their homes or away.

He took videos recording his life of crime and a copy of it on his phone helped police bring the Stoke Gifford teenager to justice.

Officers also obtained a record of a phone message Ancel gave to one of his victims in which he said: “You sad, sad man.

“You’re lucky to have your KTM (motorbike). Can I come and get my crowbar back?

“This is Bristol Bike Takers and I take everything, even your daughter.””
Ancel, of Danby Street, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to burgle, six burglaries and six charges of driving while disqualified.

Judge William Hart sentenced him to seven years in a Young Offenders’ Institution.

He told Ancel: “You have a bad record for anyone, particularly for one so young. You have pleaded guilty to offences on a scale rarely encountered.

“But the hackneyed term a one-man crime wave would be inaccurate.

“You were the member of a gang.”

The teenager was also banned from driving for five years.

Alistair Haggerty, prosecuting, said: “The defendant is a prominent member of a group known as the Bristol Bike Takers.

“This group is organised, co-ordinated and prolific in its stealing of vehicles, especially motorcycles, in Bristol and the surrounding area.

“Ancel and his associates targeted properties by obtaining addresses under the guise of expressing interest in buying particular vehicles, they operated as a group, and they went to the scene of their crimes equipped for stealing.

“The majority of the dwelling burglaries were committed at night whilst the occupants were asleep inside their homes.”

Bikes ranged from 125cc machines to classic motorcycles and high-value cars.

Ancel recorded the aftermath of one raid on a home in Long Ashton, from where raiders stole a BMW, Mazda and Mini Cooper.

On the video he is heard to say: “Repo, repo, all from one house, lovely, lovely, lovely!”

Householders were left upset and out of pocket and transport due to Ancel’s crimes.

In an impact statement, theft victim Ryan Prior looked at Ancel and said: “A man of 18 [now 19] reminds me of friends who have had their legs blown off serving their country; join the Army and do some good.”

Edward Hetherington, defending, said his client had been excluded from school at primary age, and had left school without qualifications.

He said Ancel offended after mounting drug debts, preferring to steal to obtain money rather than deal drugs.

Mr Hetherington said Ancel, who he described as “not fully formed yet” had gained a sense of belonging from the gang.

Speaking after the court case, Police Constable Kevin Webb said: “This is a really significant result for Operation Remedy and we are delighted that such a serial offender is off the streets of Bristol.”


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