Police appeals in Cambridgeshire and Bristol after cyclists mugged for their bikes

Incidents both took place last week and each involved three men attacking riders and taking their bikes

by Simon_MacMichael   December 17, 2012  

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Two police forces have issued appeals to try and track down men who last week robbed cyclists of their bikes in mugging incidents, one in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, the other in a suburb of Bristol.

The first incident took place in St Neots last Wednesday 12 December at around 7am as the 30-year-old victim rode to work along a path near St Mary’s Church, between Peppercorn Lane and School Lane.

Three men pushed him off his bike, punching and kicking him before escaping the scene with his bicycle, and leaving the victim shaken and with minor injuries.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary described the suspects as “black, aged in their 20s, 5'8", medium build and short hair. They wore dark jackets, jogging bottoms and grey trainers. One of the men wore glasses.”

DC Derek Cornhill of Cambridgeshire Constabulary commented: "I would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this incident or may have seen these men in the area at the time."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact DC Cornhill on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The incident in Bristol took place last Friday 14 December at 1235am, when a cyclist riding along Wells Road in Totterdown was approached by three men close to the Tesco store.

Police say the victim was hit in the face with an unknown object, needing five stitches and causing nerve damage that means he is unable to smile.

The trio stole his bike and were last seen heading past the Oxford pub.

According to Avon & Somerset Police, the suspects are:

- a white man in his late teens or early 20s, 5'9" – 5'10" tall with a medium build and short, shaved dark hair. He was clean shaven and wearing dark casual clothing

- a white man in his late teens or early 20s, 5'8" – 5'9" and with an average build. He was wearing sandy trousers, a blue sleeveless body warmer and black gloves

- a white man in his late teens or early 20s, 5'7" with an average build and dressed in dark clothing.

Police say they have launched a detailed investigation and are asking anyone who witnessed the robbery or saw the suspects in the area to contact PC Chris Shaw on 101.
 

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I fear this won't be the last. Thieves are starting to realise that these road bike things, while not as 'cool' as mountain bikes round town, are worth a bit. Combine that with the fact that they are ridden by skinny types (who it turns out can't even walk properly in their funny shoes), and rarely left unattended (unless you hang around near cafes in rural areas) means that violence is the easiest option.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3193 posts]
17th December 2012 - 12:45

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This is gonna make me super paranoid now...

posted by hoski [65 posts]
17th December 2012 - 13:13

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Great, 'Bikejacking' spree here we come....

posted by Critchio [110 posts]
17th December 2012 - 13:51

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"The first incident took place in St Neots last Wednesday 12 December at around 7am "

These f***ers get up early don't they?! Surprise

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
17th December 2012 - 14:13

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Hmmmmm. I've always thought I'm safe on my own if I get out early enough - all the thieves are sleeping off a night creeping around on someone else's tiles.

Worth double checking your insurance as I had to talk to my providers at length to establish I was covered for theft whilst actually riding the bike; they only wanted to cover theft if it was stolen from the house or garage.

I will have to check again.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1059 posts]
17th December 2012 - 14:23

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londonplayer wrote:
"The first incident took place in St Neots last Wednesday 12 December at around 7am "

These f***ers get up early don't they?! Surprise

They had probably been up all night, getting baked.

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posted by zanf [524 posts]
17th December 2012 - 18:29

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zanf wrote:
londonplayer wrote:
"The first incident took place in St Neots last Wednesday 12 December at around 7am "

These f***ers get up early don't they?! Surprise

They had probably been up all night, getting baked.

Very true !!!

‘It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.’

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posted by stumps [2755 posts]
17th December 2012 - 18:40

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maybe it's time to start carrying a pedal wrench in my back pocket Devil

posted by james mckay [15 posts]
17th December 2012 - 18:51

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Time to start riding with a large, heavy spanner in your jersey. This will only get worse unless the law starts taking bike crime as serious as car crime.

'It's the closest you can get to flying'
Robin Williams response when asked why he enjoyed riding so much

posted by Simmo72 [312 posts]
17th December 2012 - 21:39

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If you cannot ride clear get off the bike - you are then much more stable and can use the bike as a defensive shield.

A 700c directly into the crotch is a pretty effective way to stop someone in their tracks, and keeps you a crossbar-length clear of any flying punches.

Failing that I predict an increasing demand for getting a taxi or bus home late at night, with your bike - check out the near empty buses roaming Bristol late at night, space for bikes - and mostly going up the hills as well.

47 years of breaking bikes and still they offer me a 10 year frame warranty!

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posted by A V Lowe [483 posts]
18th December 2012 - 6:24

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