The Tour de Yorkshire has driven up interest in cycling and has brought thousands of people to the county but now MP Sir Greg Knight is warning of a new cycling statistic.

Humberside Police has just released figures showing that 213 bicycles were reported stolen last month with a combined estimated value of £65,023.

This means that the average cost of stolen bike in Humberside was over £300. In most of these cases these cycles were either left unlocked or secured with a flimsy, poor quality lock.

Sir Greg said: “Preventing these offences occurring is not difficult. I urge cyclists to invest in a good lock and to use it. The police recommend as a simple rule of thumb spending around 10% of the value of your bike on a lock”.

Sir Greg has also recommended people register their bikes to assist the police in recovering them if stolen and to stop them being re-sold through second hand stores.