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Police took bicycles off passing cyclists to help them run down a suspected criminal in Cambridge on Monday.

Officers were following a man who had threatened staff at Marks & Spencer by patrol car, but were at risk of losing sight of him.

So they hailed two members of the public, borrowed their bikes and hot-pedalled it to catch the man and make an arrest.

Sgt Nick Ashton-Jones, one of the officers who gave chase, told the Cambridge News: “This was an incredibly selfless and public-spirited act.

“My colleague and I may not have caught up with the man had it not been for these two members of the public and I'd like to tell them how grateful I am.”

Both bicycles were returned to their owners and a 35-year-old man from the Cambridge area was arrested on suspicion of theft and possessing an offensive weapon. He has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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therevokid [948 posts] 4 years ago
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nice of the riders .... is that an asz i see there ???

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abudhabiChris [692 posts] 4 years ago
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Yes but it's the Met Police not Cambridgeshire... possibly on Piccadilly if I'm not mistaken and that's St James' church in the background.

Presumably inserted just in case we couldn't visualise what police might look like.  39

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Sarah Barth [86 posts] 4 years ago
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Well spotted Chris - do you like this one better?

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Jon [33 posts] 4 years ago
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I like to think the police were in hot pursuit on a chopper and a dursley pederson. Could the picture be updated to reflect this?

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OldRidgeback [2620 posts] 4 years ago
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How did the man threaten the staff at M&S with a patrol car? Was he thretening to do some handbrake turns in the shop or ram the glass or what?

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jova54 [653 posts] 4 years ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:

How did the man threaten the staff at M&S with a patrol car? Was he thretening to do some handbrake turns in the shop or ram the glass or what?

I'd be more concerned that the police found it necessary to run the man down  4

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Campag_10 [153 posts] 4 years ago
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Maybe Cambridge Police should put more officers on patrol on bikes.

And maybe road.cc should investigate how punctuation can improve readability.  1

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Alex.wall [11 posts] 4 years ago
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Pretty sure that's lincoln road in Peterborough