POLICE have arrested and charged 14 people during a sting operation to crack down on motorbike thefts.
Officers from the Divisional Violence Reduction Unit placed decoy bikes across the city and pounced when attempts were made to steal them.
Six youths were amongst the arrests and police have now reported all the suspects to the Procurator Fiscal or Children’s Reporter.
Edinburgh Division Superintendent Richard Horan said: “Over the past few years our community engagement surveys have consistently highlighted the public’s concern regarding vehicle crime and associated anti-social behaviour with motorcycles in particular.
“Our dedicated vehicle crime team, supported by initiatives such as this, are having an effect in preventing and detecting vehicle crime.
“I’d encourage the public to help us make our streets and public spaces safer by reporting sightings of motorcycle misuse or abandoned motorcycles.
“This can be done anonymously using Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or directly through us on 101.”