All three high-performance bikes, stolen during a burglary ahead of the Ironman event in Stafford, have now been recovered and returned to their owners.

Yesterday, officers recovered two of the stolen bikes hours after they were taken and this morning they located the third missing bike hidden in bushes off the Newport Road.

The third bike, belonging to Mark Pead, was found by a groundsman at Stafford Castle Golf Club who saw the public appeal for information made yesterday.

Sadly, Mr Pead’s bike wasn’t found in time for the start of the triathlon, but it was handed back to him at the finishing line by officers from Stafford Local Policing Team.

Mr Pead, originally from Essex, had travelled from Cyprus to take part in the triathlon.

Chief Inspector Gemma Ward, of Stafford Local Policing Team, said: “We’re delighted to return the bikes. It’s a shame we couldn’t get all three back in time for the starter’s gun, but we’re delighted to return them and want to thank the public for their tremendous support and the information provided.”

She said the investigation was ongoing and urged anyone with information to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 referring to incident 220 of June 9.

The three high-performance bikes, worth around £17,000 in total, were reported stolen from an outhouse at the rear of the Vine Hotel, Salter Street, Stafford overnight (June 8/9).

Two men, aged 33 and 37 and from the Stafford area, were arrested on suspicion of burglary following the theft of the bikes. They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue