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Good Samaritan falls victim to theft in incident on Holloway Road last Friday evening

A North London doctor who stopped during her commute home from work to treat a motorcyclist who had been thrown from his bike has spoken of how her own bicycle was stolen by an opportunist thief.

The incident happened at the Archway end of Holloway Road during last Friday’s evening rush hour as Jennifer Perry, aged 26, headed home to Angel from her work as a psychiatrist with Barnet and Edgware mental health trust, reports the London Evening Standard.

"The motorcyclist had come off his bike and was lying in the road with a few people standing round," explained Doctor Perry, who had trained as a medical doctor.

"There was a car parked blocking the road to stop the traffic,” she continued.

"I quickly rushed over to see if he was okay. My bike was resting by my leg while I was checking on the motorcyclist. I suddenly felt it move and looked round and saw a boy making off with it. He was so quick, I tried to chase but I would never have caught him."

Dr Perry told the Standard that she had only bought the £400 bicycle two months ago.

"I stopped to help and for someone to take advantage of that in such a way is upsetting. You have to wonder what the world is coming to."

The newspaper added that the motorcyclist, who is thought to have received minor injuries in the incident, was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

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.

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BigManLittleHair [37 posts] 4 years ago
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What most of us cyclists would do to a scrote like that...

A warning, slap on the wrist is too good for them. Nothing severe to see here!

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notfastenough [3665 posts] 4 years ago
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BMLH - agreed. I thought I was going to read that the Dr leant the bike against the shop window on the pavement 10 feet away or something, but no, the brazen little sh!t had the nerve to take it when it was leaning against the owner's leg.

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OldRidgeback [2567 posts] 4 years ago
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...and yet none of the bystanders moved a muscle.

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Dr_Death [31 posts] 4 years ago
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"Doctor Perry, who had trained as a medical doctor."

Who is a medical doctor.... All psychiatrists are.

(Sorry, just a pet hate of mine)

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Myriadgreen [96 posts] 4 years ago
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Now is the ideal time for a bike company seeking good PR to offer the good Doctor a new free bike!
What a little scumbag. I hope karma comes and slaps him round the face. Hard. With a mallet.

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mrchrispy [442 posts] 4 years ago
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Or time for bad PR when we find out the insurance company is not going to honour a claim as it wasn't locked up :o

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gazpacho [95 posts] 4 years ago
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I have officially heard it all now...  29

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Coleman [334 posts] 4 years ago
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There are a few offers of cash from readers of the Standard which is heart-warming. Of course there is also a comment about riding on pavements and jumping red lights. A doctor has her biked nicked from right beside her and there is still some snidey git ready to post Daily Mail comments.

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tommy2p [87 posts] 4 years ago
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Let's assume that he is not a proper cyclist and would therefore choose to ride on the pavement. Wouldn't it be a strange twist of fate if he was to get knocked off his bike, (stolen of course), by an irate pedestrian, and to consequently be ignored by a passing doctor, fearful of having her bike stolen.