A BIKE thief has been told to do unpaid work after he failed to show up for appointments with the probation service.

Tristan Matthews had been made the subject of a community order on September 23, 2021, after stealing two bikes in Northwich.

The 20-year-old was appearing at Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday, June 16, where he pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of the order and was re-sentenced for the original offences.

Over the course of three days, between August 4 and 6, 2021, Matthews, of Chichester Street in Chester, went on his two-wheel stealing spree in Northwich.

On the first occasion, he entered the garden of a property as a trespasser and took a Norco blue mountain bike worth £3,500 from a shed.

Just two days later he was again looking for bikes and stole a Carerra Subway from a man in the town which had a value of £75.

Matthews was also re-sentenced on a charge of failing to show up for a hearing at court on September 14 to face justice on the bike thefts.

Magistrates revoked the terms of the old order and made a new one, which includes a requirement for him to complete 140 hours of unpaid work over the next 12 months.

He must also work with the probation service for 30 days on a rehabilitative element.