A man from Runcorn has been sentenced after stealing a motorbike in Runcorn.
Liam Lingham appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday 13 September, where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
The 28-year-old of Laburnum Grove, Runcorn, had earlier pleaded guilty to the offence.
The incident occurred at around 1pm on Wednesday 19 April, when Lingham was spotted by Merseyside officers riding a suspected stolen motorbike in the Speke area.
He then attempted to stash the bike and flee the scene but was swiftly arrested.
Checks made by officers confirmed that the bike had been stolen during a burglary earlier that day at an address on Beech Gardens, Runcorn, and Lingham was subsequently charged with handling stolen goods.
PC Stuart Beswick said: “Lingham is an opportunist, and his actions demonstrate what little regard he held for the law and I welcome the sentence handed to him.
“We are all fully aware that being the victim of a motorbike theft is a deeply unpleasant experience. Anyone would be angry and upset to discover that their motorbike has been stolen, especially if they had taken the precaution of chaining it up securely.
“I hope this case deters others from handling stolen motorbikes in Cheshire and we will continue to work with our colleagues in Merseyside to catch people committing these types of crimes and bring them to justice”.
Anyone with information regarding motorbike thefts or the whereabouts of stolen motorcycles should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, give the details via the website or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.