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Unsustainable: 12 Belfast bikes vandalised or stolen in latest incident - over a dozen attacks in days

The Belfast Bike scheme has said recent attacks on the public transport scheme are "unsustainable".

It comes after a nine bikes were "ruined" by vandalism, the scheme operators said and another three were thought lost or missing from one station at Ormeau park on Friday night.

On social media there was disgust at the incident with some calling for CCTV to be installed at the more than 40 stations around the city.

Belfast bikes said there had been over a dozen acts of vandalism across its network over recent days.

"Unsustainable," it said in a tweet.

The scheme has been beset with vandalism and theft since it began in 2015. In July it was revealed £44,000 had spent repairing or replacing bikes and stations.

In the three year period almost 100 bikes had been stolen with hundreds more vandalised. In the first seven months of this year 101 had been damaged.

Over 400,000 journeys have been recorded on the scheme which allows registered users to pay either annual or a three-day membership to access the bikes. A journey of under 30 minutes is free with an hour long rental costing 50p.

Police said they believed the attacks on Friday may have happened between 6pm and 8pm.

"Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact officers at Lisburn Road on 101 quoting reference number 18 01/12/18. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111," said a PSNI spokesman.

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