POLICE have developed new stickers that cannot be removed to mark bikes.

The stickers will be used to help identify stolen bikes and return them to their owners.

The new system will stop police having to mark the chassis of bikes.

Community safety sergeant Andy McFarlane said: “At this time of year when children are going back to school it is important to be safety conscious with your bikes.

“We recover a lot of stolen bikes, but it is very difficult to get them back to their owners.

“People will be able to pick up these stickers from Clacton police station and they are really easy to apply.”