LOST and stolen bikes are to be given a new lease of life in Africa.
Bikes recovered by police are usually sold off, but about 20 have been donated to Huddersfield-based charity the Christian African Relief Trust.
They will be shipped to underprivileged communities in Africa where they will provide a vital means of transport.
The charity's spokeswoman, Cynthia Feather, said: "We are very grateful to the police for giving us these bikes.
"In many parts of Africa bicycles are the premium form of transport after feet.
"People there will use these bicycles not just to transport themselves, but to carry all sorts of goods. They are even used as taxis."
Calderdale police commander Chief Supt Ian Levitt said: "As with all recovered property, lost or stolen bicycles are kept in storage for a set period to give us the opportunity to find their owners.
"They are then either sold at auction or scrapped.
"We realised these bikes could be put to much better in Africa."
As well as bicycles, the charity - which has a shop on Summer Street in Lockwood - also sends other useful items such as sewing machines, computers, food and clothes to Africa.
The volunteers aim to send one large container every fortnight.
The charity receives many donations of equipment, but also needs cash to pay the shipping cost.
Anyone who wants to support the charity through donations or by volunteering should phone 01484 423453 or go to the website at www.cartyorkshire.co.uk