Met and TfL secure ASBO after highlighting “alarm and distress” caused to victims

A London bike thief who has a string of convictions relating to stolen bikes has been given an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) that bans him from owning bolt-cutters for five years or from advertising bicycles or components for sale.

John Arthey, aged 27 and from Newham, has also been banned by Snaresbrook Crown Court of being in possession of a bicycle unless he can prove he owns it.

The ASBO was applied for by the Metropolitan Police’s Safer Transport Command and Transport for London’s Crime Reduction Unit due to his repeat offences and the “alarm and distress” felt by his victims, supported by statements from them.

Should Arthey, who pleaded guilty to a burglary that took place in Newham during which a bike worth £160 was stolen, break the terms of his ASBO he could be liable to further conviction and a jail sentence.

He received a 16-month suspended sentence and a three-month curfew, as well as a six-month drug rehabilitation order. He also has to pay compensation to the victim.

It was his third conviction related to cycle theft within the past year, the others being for handling stolen goods, for which he received a suspended sentence, and a prison term for “going equipped” for theft close to some bike parking.

Superintendent Rob Revill said: “This is an excellent result which has seen a prolific cycle thief receive a suitably restrictive Asbo.

“Cycle theft is a crime which has a huge impact on victims. This is an example of how we are working with Transport for London using a range of tactics and legislation such as ASBOs to tackle cycle theft.”

Siwan Hayward, TfL's Deputy Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said: "Tackling cycle theft is important for us at TfL in achieving the Mayor's ambition to get more people cycling - and we, alongside our policing partners, are committed to improving cycle security in the capital.”

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.