Thieves deal a ‘crippling blow’ to Kilbroney mountain bike centre

July 25, 2016

The owner of the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre in Kilbroney Park has been left reeling after thieves stole a number of bikes worth tens of thousands of pounds from the  premises at the weekend.  Ian Cummings described the latest theft – which is the second time the business has been targeted in the last month – as a “crippling blow.”

Thirteen bikes were taken sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning by what appears to have been a well organised gang. The thieves forced open the metal shutters of the steel container which houses the mountain bikes before cutting open security locks to release them.  The audacious theft is the second such robbery from the business in a month, with 20 bikes stolen the first time.

“We’re a small family-run business, our survival depends on our ability to hire these bikes out to the public,” said Mr Cummings.

“As well as that, the broader tourism industry relies on our ability to have bikes to hire out.

“People are travelling from outside of Northern Ireland to use the fantastic trails at Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre and now someone coming in can’t hire a bike.

“It’s devastating for the tourism industry here and in Rostrevor.”

Police are appealing to anyone with information on the incident to come forward.