Two men have been arrested after their were caught allegedly dismantling stolen motorbikes in a garage in Lewisham.

Officers say they were called on October 23 to reports of a motorbike theft from the Wapping area, and launched an investigation as a result of the crime.

Five days later, police received a call from a member of the public reporting two men dismantling motorbikes in a garage in Lewisham.

Officers arrived and spoke to the pair, and established that both bikes had indeed been stolen - one from Greater Manchester and the other the stolen bike from Wapping.

Police arrested both men, one in his late 20s and the other in his early 30s, on suspicion of theft, and they were taken to a police station in south London.

They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue, and both bikes have been returned to their owners.

Inspector James Beattie, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “This was a great result. A quick response from officers from Roads & Transport Policing Command saw two men being caught in the act of dismantling the motorbike.

“Police work around the clock to crack down on motorcycle theft.

"We encourage all users to follow the advice on vehicle security. By reporting thefts, it helps to build patterns of behaviour and leads to results like this one, where we have arrested two people and recovered not only the bike they were working on but a further bike, which can be returned to its owner.”