A brazen motorbike thief who called police and told them to ‘catch me if you can’ while he was hunted by cops has been caught and jailed.

Mark Fay, 29, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Tuesday (November 21) after being found guilty for playing a role in a spate of motorbike thefts across Greater Manchester and beyond. Fay, of Thoresway Road, Longsight, was charged with eight counts of theft of a motor vehicle offences and three counts of handling stolen goods.

While police searched for him, he contacted cops and told them to ‘catch me if you can’. He also posted videos on social media taunting police.

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However, after a long investigation from Greater Manchester Police, Fay was caught and arrested in September, and held in custody. He was sent to prison this week for his ‘carefully planned’ crimes, according to one PC on the case.

“Fay had a clear set-up, he planned the offences carefully. It was a lengthy investigation by the team into a clearly organised spate of thefts,” said PC Davies on GMP’s Operation Acquire.

“This showcases the lengths we take in our investigations - no matter how organised or sophisticated the group or individual may be, we will thoroughly investigate and put offenders away in jail. And our message to criminals is we can catch you, we will catch you and we will endeavour to catch all those who threaten the safety of our neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester.”

Anyone concerned about crime in their communities or anyone with information can report it online at www.gmp.police.uk. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.