Test Valley’s newest police officers have got off to a flying start after they helped recover thousands of pounds worth of stolen goods.

Police Constables Luke and Rich were among the officers of Hampshire Constabulary who helped recover bikes worth over £10,000 which had been stolen in Andover.

Two companies in town reported thefts by an employee on November 25, after several high value bicycles went missing. These were then seen being advertised for sale online.

Following police enquiries, a 58-year old man from Andover was arrested on suspicion of theft by an employee.

A 56-year-old man, also from Andover, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

At their address, officers seized a quantity of cash, as well as recovering several of the high-value bikes.

Some of the bikes were made by Cannondale, an American bike manufacturer, which specialises in high-end products with frames made of aluminium or carbon fibre. At their most expensive, one bike alone can go for just under £10,000, with even their cheaper models selling for hundreds of pounds.

The two men have been released from custody but remain under investigation while enquiries continue.