BIKES recovered by the police will be used for a project that will see teenagers take them apart and re-build them.
Barton Under Needwood police community support officer Steve Smith will run Project Recycle during the October half term.
Six children from schools in the area will take part in the scheme and they will get to keep the bike at the end of it
PCSO Smith told the Mail: “Project recycle is about recycling bikes and putting them back in the system.
“We have chosen six children who will go to Barton fire station, strip down the bikes, clear them up, re-fit parts on the bike where they can. Once they are re-built they are checked at a local shop and if they are given the go ahead they can take the bike home with them.
“Two extra bikes will be sold as a group and the money will be pumped back into the course.”
The scheme has been sponsored by Argos which has provided bike stands, tool kits and T-shirts.
It has also been supported by the Barton Key Trust, and Adrian Timmis from Cadence Sport will check the bikes over.
Adrian is a professional cyclist who has represented Great Britain at World Championship and World Cup level.
Mr Smith added: “It is something I sat down and thought about and put the suggestion to my inspector and he said ‘do it’. I have done something similar before but thought this time I would do it on a bigger scale.
“The children will learn about maintenance and about riding a bike properly.”
The bikes will be ones that have been recovered by police in Staffordshire and have not been claimed. Some of them are damaged.
“The scheme involves taking the wheels out, checking the gears, breaks, mudguards and suspension. They then re-build them using parts that are suitable for bikes.
“It teaches the youngsters life skills and they will be doing it over two and a half days.”
Pcso Smith has also been involved in the running of team building courses for youngsters at the fire station.