Train to Ride motorcycle training in Teesside has been broken into for the second time in seven months, with thieves leaving a trail of destruction (see video below).
In the latest raid, on 1 October, five motorcycles were stolen, plus £400 cash, and electrical wiring to the company’s adjoining MOT station was damaged. The business is situated on the Motorsports Park, off Dormor Way.
“We have been in business for 27 years,” said Mary Armstrong, who runs Train to Ride with husband Keith – one of the company’s approved DVSA training instructors and the first in Teesside to hold a Direct Access Scheme (DAS) qualification. “We are losing work, dealing with this. It’s just not on. They are just out for what they can get and don’t care what they have done.
“You take a hit now and again – one bike a year if you are unlucky. But this is our livelihood.”
While sympathising with the “underfunded and understaffed” local police, the couple said they had still not received a visit from the local constabulary nine days after the raid. They were also critical of property landlord Redcar and Cleveland District Council, whose CCTV service was not working.
The Armstrongs have their own CCTV which recorded the masked thieves in action before they disabled the cameras.
Stolen were two Yamaha YBR125 black and silver; two Suzuki GS500, red/white, H631 FUT and green army style; one Sinnis 125, red and black, NU61DKF.