DETECTIVES are hunting burglars who stole a custom-built classic motorbike during an overnight raid at a St Helens home.
Police say this distinctive blue BSA Bantam bike was stolen from the garage of a house in Markfield Crescent, Islands Brow, earlier this month.
Thieves forced open the locked garage door in the middle of the night to steal the bike - which had been lovingly restored by the 44-year-old householder.
Detectives investigating the break-in and theft are now urging anyone who may have been offered the motorbike for sale to contact them immediately.
DC Andrew Passey said: “This is a distinctive and unique classic motorbike so if anyone is offered it for sale, they need to know they are being offered stolen goods and should call the police immediately with as much information as possible.
“The owner has painstakingly restored this bike to its former glory so it looks like it did back in the 1960s. He is understandably very upset at its loss and is desperate to get it back.
“The offenders prised open the garage door and ignored other items inside to steal the bike so I would urge people to be vigilant as they will no doubt try to sell the bike or various parts on.”
The burglary happened some time between 10pm on Tuesday, May 7, and 6.15am the following day.
The Bantam has the registration number FLG 486F and is pale blue in colour.
It also has a Road Runner cartoon character logo on it as well as the famous BSA motif.
Anyone with information can call DC Passey on 0151 777 6843 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.