A MAN has been charged with four counts of burglary following a series of bike-part thefts from the landmark Skyline Plaza flats in Basingstoke.

David Sims, 39, of Regent Court, Oakridge, has also been charged with one count of going equipped to steal, and has been bailed to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on April 22.

A 16-year-old boy who was also arrested over the thefts, has not been charged but has been released on bail until the same date.

The charges relate to thefts of bike parts from up to 50 bikes parked securely in the underground car park of the block of flats, in Alencon Link, in the early hours of Tuesday and Wednesday last week.

Some of the bikes targeted were high-value mountain bikes and parts taken included bike levers, gears and frames.