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Police ordered not to chase helmetless bike thieves

Manchester Chief defends officers' actions

MANCHESTER POLICE were forced to sit and watch as thieves escaped on stolen motorbikes worth £20,000 after being ordered not to give chase because the robbers were not wearing crash helmets.

Police chiefs have defended the officers' actions, claiming they were following the correct protocol after the raid at the Manchester Motorbike Store in Altrincham.

The decision has angered shop owner Tony Crawford, who told The Daily Mail: "Police told me that they had seen them speed off, but that they don't give chase to people on bikes as it is too dangerous.

"It seems strange that they can't chase these people when they're right there in front of them, and obviously if they had I might have my bikes back."

Chris Burrows, chairman of the Greater Manchester branch of the Police Federation, defended the officers actions: "The officers behaved in accordance with force policy.

"Police officers find situations like this incredibly frustrating but they have to act in accordance with force policy and had they done any different, they would have been severely criticised."

The thieves made off with a Yamaha YZF-R1, a Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR and a Honda CBR600RR.

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