A serial bike thief who blitzed Windsor this summer been given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to undergo drug dependency treatment and rehabilitation.

Ryan Beresford, 35, of Alma Road, Windsor, was sentenced on Tuesday at Reading Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to seven counts of pedal cycle theft at an earlier hearing on July 8.

He targeted Windsor throughout June, using bolt croppers to steal bikes.

A 20 week prison term was suspended for a year and he was ordered to undergo drug dependency treatment for six months and undergo rehabilitation activity for 30 days.

Beresford was also issued with a criminal behaviour order (CBO) which is in place for five years.

He has been banned from entering Windsor town centre, having wire cutters, bolt croppers, hammers, pliers, spanners, allen keys or screw drivers in any public place, or loitering near any bicycle storage area or cycle rack in the country.

Investigating officer, PC Tom Hughes-Parry, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “Beresford repeatedly stole high-value bicycles from various locations in Windsor.

"He gave no regard to the owners of the bicycles, which for some are an important mode of transport.

“I hope this sentence and his time on remand, combined with the CBO gives him time to reflect on his actions and reassures the community that Thames Valley Police does not tolerate this behaviour and we will work hard to bring offenders to justice and put an end to this behaviour.”