Cambridge Police borrow bikes from the public to chase suspect…

… They caught him too thanks Passing cyclists who give up their bikes

by Sarah Barth   June 16, 2012  

Cambridgeshire police

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.

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nice of the riders .... is that an asz i see there ???

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [920 posts]
16th June 2012 - 14:14


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. Thinking

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posted by abudhabiChris [686 posts]
16th June 2012 - 16:29


Well spotted Chris - do you like this one better?

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posted by Sarah Barth [1238 posts]
16th June 2012 - 16:43

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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?

posted by Jon [35 posts]
16th June 2012 - 22:29


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?


posted by OldRidgeback [2553 posts]
16th June 2012 - 22:58


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 Big Grin

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posted by jova54 [658 posts]
16th June 2012 - 23:03

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Maybe Cambridge Police should put more officers on patrol on bikes.

And maybe should investigate how punctuation can improve readability. Smile

posted by Campag_10 [153 posts]
17th June 2012 - 5:24


Pretty sure that's lincoln road in Peterborough


posted by Alex.wall [11 posts]
18th June 2012 - 7:41