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From my club's forum:

There's been a spate of attacks on cyclists in Barnes, Putney and near Richmond Park. The little scrotes have been targeting people on bling bikes riding to the park, a guy was pushed off his Venge, they grabbed it and drove off. Seems to be either super early in the morning or later in the evening - just when you're likely to be heading to the park at this time of year.

Also they've been targeting bikes left at cafes - they turn up, grab the bike, shoulder it and ride off. 

 

More info on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/thooper11/status/882499395517861888

Same policeman also advised calling 999 ANY time you see 2 men/boys on the same moped in this area regardless of their apparent activities.

There was also an attack in Ham back in April which could be connected. 

 

Usual advice applies about Strava privacy zones, etc. Take care out there.

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londoncommute [109 posts] 7 months ago
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Not wanting to spread the idea that London is a crime ridden dodgy place but a maybe similar moped style incident here:

 

http://bigfootcc.co.uk/forums/topic/toys-hill-terror/

 

Probably completely different scumbags but watch out all the same.

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turnerjohn [49 posts] 7 months ago
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londoncommute wrote:

Not wanting to spread the idea that London is a crime ridden dodgy place but a maybe similar moped style incident here:

 

http://bigfootcc.co.uk/forums/topic/toys-hill-terror/

 

Probably completely different scumbags but watch out all the same.

Thanks for the post....that one of my routes  , never had an issue but after stories of scumbags going after motorcyclist with mopeds I guessed it would only be time they tried an 'easier' target ! 

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londoncommute [109 posts] 7 months ago
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turnerjohn wrote:
londoncommute wrote:

Not wanting to spread the idea that London is a crime ridden dodgy place but a maybe similar moped style incident here:

 

http://bigfootcc.co.uk/forums/topic/toys-hill-terror/

 

Probably completely different scumbags but watch out all the same.

Thanks for the post....that one of my routes  , never had an issue but after stories of scumbags going after motorcyclist with mopeds I guessed it would only be time they tried an 'easier' target ! 

 

Can't imagine why they'd target skinny out of breath blokes on things that weigh nothing to carry and cost £5k....

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dottigirl [813 posts] 7 months ago
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It wouldn't surprise me if it was the same crowd, or a totally different crowd. Identify a popular area, a few hits and move somewhere else.

londoncommute wrote:

Can't imagine why they'd target skinny out of breath blokes on things that weigh nothing to carry and cost £5k....

Yep. What surprises me is that they've only just figured it out.

There's also been another spate of thefts in the KT6 area this weekend.

 

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Yorkshire wallet [1701 posts] 7 months ago
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I was watching these scum on Youtube nicking motorbikes in London. Brazen angle-grinding in full daylight, one vid has one on guard duty with a angle-grinder threatening people who came near and the other working the lock.  

A lot of the comments were the usual 'why did nobody do anything?' but would you take on a bloke with an angle grinder? The sensible action was to let them on the bikes and try and push them off once the grinder is away. 

I'm sure it's like that every minute of every day there but it doesn't make London look great.

What always amazes me with these thieves is whenever they do crash, they never seem to get hurt and always peg it. You'd like to see some brain damage sometimes.  

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dottigirl [813 posts] 6 months ago
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Still going on - Swains Lane this time:

https://twitter.com/LondonDynaslow/status/897683634081210368

 

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OldRidgeback [2855 posts] 6 months ago
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Some of those scrotes on mopeds live near me. Two of them were buzzing around on a moped with no plate the other week and neither had lids on. One I know is also known to the authorities and is just 16. I rang the cops but by the time they came, the scrotes had gone. It's only a matter of time before that one lad ends up either in a young offenders institution or dead.

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kieren_lon [45 posts] 6 months ago
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Hampstead, London a moped rider grabs gopro off a cyclists helmet. If the picture uploads, note he has his feet still in the pedals so is likely in motion!

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srchar [736 posts] 6 months ago
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Four blokes at work have had their wallets, phones and bikes taken from them in the park and on the canal just off Narrow Street near Canary Wharf in the last week. Avoid for now.