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police make arrests in padgetts bike theft case

Police investigating the theft of new and vintage motorbikes from Padgetts of Batley have made a series of arrests across Leeds.

As reported by BDN, twenty machines worth £100,000 were stolen between 20 December and 4 January, some from the personal collection of company founder Peter Padgett and dating back to the 1950s.

On 27 January, a stolen Yamaha 100 was abandoned and recovered on The Nook, in Tingley, and on 30 January, a QJ100 motorbike was recovered in the Belle Isle area of Leeds.

Two other motorcross bikes were also recovered at an address in Morley.

On 29 February police with search warrants raided addresses in Tingley, Thorpe, Middleton and Morley.

Six men were arrested, including a 25-year-old from Tingley, 28-year-old from Thorpe, 61-year-old from Morley and men aged 20, 24 and 29 from Middleton, in Leeds.

All have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

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