London, August 14 (ANI): Police in the UK will give criminals stolen bicycles to help them find jobs and go straight.
Bikes, which would previously have been auctioned under the Police Property Act, will be "loaned" to offenders by Suffolk police.
But critics slammed the idea as an insult to crime victims.
"This absurd scheme just legitimises the initial bike theft, with offenders benefiting directly from crime. Suffolk police could even be handing the bike to the very person who stole it, which isn't much of a deterrent to would-be thieves," the Daily Express quoted Fiona McEvoy, for the TaxPayers' Alliance, as saying.
Cyclist Dave Brady, 29, of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, said: "Why should thugs who chose to lead a life a crime get any extra help? Give them a pair of trainers and they can walk."
Police say cycles given to persistent offenders will be returned to their owners if they are identified. (ANI)