Helmet camera footage helps police track down suspects

Three men have appeared in court in South Africa after a cyclist was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday of his mountain bike and various personal effects, but not the GoPro camera that recorded the incident.

The helmet camera footage helped police in Western Cape province track down the suspects, reports eNews Channel Africa.

As well as his bike, cyclist Malcolm Fox was also robbed of his mobile phone, car keys and a pair of Oakley sunglasses. But the men who held him up didn't seem to realise that the object on his helmet was a video camera.

Police spokesman Andre Traut revealed that two men were arrested on Sunday and the third on Monday.

He said: "Thorough investigation work led investigators to the suspects with the help of footage recorded with a camera which was mounted on the cyclist’s helmet.

“The first suspect aged 22 was arrested on Sunday at his residence in Sir Lowry’s Pass and a Luger firearm was seized.

“The same day another 22 year old suspect was arrested, also in Sir Lowry’s pass."

The three men have been charged with robbery, and police say that they have recovered the stolen items.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.