Young offenders flee during bike training

One teenager recaptured, other still at large

by Mark Appleton   September 17, 2010  

Dewhurst, left, has been recaptured, police continue to search for Thomas

In what must be one of the most unusual escapes from incarceration ever seen in Britain, two young offenders absconded from custody on mountain bikes during a cycling proficiency test.

The BBC reports that on Wednesday, Connor Dewhurst, 14, from Blackburn, and Sam Thomas, 13, from Blackpool, made good their escape from custodial sentences at Barton Moss Secure Unit in the Eccles area of Salford.

The pair were part of a group of five undertaking the training when they made the apparently snap decision to pedal to their freedom. Dewhurst, who was in custody for assaulting a police officer, has now been recaptured and the police are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of Sam Thomas, who was convicted of robbery.

Speaking before Dewhurst was located, councillor Margaret Morris, Salford City Council's lead member for children's services, said: "The teenagers were taking part in a supervised course when it appears they made a 'spur of the moment' decision to abscond.

"We will of course look at whether anything more could have been done to prevent this, but our priority now is to work closely with the police to ensure the boys are found safe and well, as swiftly as possible."

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Ha! You couldn't make it up ...

posted by John G [53 posts]
17th September 2010 - 13:19


Did they pass the proficiency test?

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posted by vorsprung [298 posts]
17th September 2010 - 14:25

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too proficient it turns out

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7854 posts]
17th September 2010 - 14:44


Well at least they will ride safely on the roads...

To Spain!

Big Grin

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [380 posts]
17th September 2010 - 18:15

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They were so delighted to pass they couldn't contain themselves.


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posted by antonio [1108 posts]
17th September 2010 - 18:22


"The Loneliness of the Short Distance Cyclists". The late Alan Sillitoe would have been so proud.

Mind you, they'll be easy to spot - the only mountain bikers using hand signals.


posted by Ridire [46 posts]
17th September 2010 - 18:27