Video footage has emerged of a cyclist giving chase to three men who had assaulted a man in east London to steal his bike.
Alex Sweeting, who forwarded a link to YouTube footage to road.cc, shouts at the three men, one of whom is pushing the bike along, to stop.
As he continues his pursuit, the one with the bike decides that escape should be his priority and drops it, with one of his two companions hurdling it as it crashes to the ground.
The incident took place close to Wanis Distribution Centre in Orient Way, Leyton, shortly after 10pm last Tuesday evening, reports the Waltham Forest Guardian.
The cyclist, a 53-year-old man, was punched and pushed off his bike during the incident, sustaining a bruised elbow and hip, but police have so far been unable to track the suspects.
Prior to the attack, the rider had noticed the three men walking on the pavement and as he drew level, one charged at him without warning, knocking him from his bike.
Two other cyclists gave chase to the assailants, who ran off, leaving the bike behind them.
All three of the suspects were described as being around 5 feet 8 inches in height and were wearing black clothing.
Two were said to be black – one wearing a puffer coat – with the other possibly being Asian, and they are thought to be aged between 18 and 25.
Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact Waltham Forest police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, quoting reference number 4905428/15.
Last week, the founder of a charity that aims to reduce violence among young people warned that so-called “bikejackings” – a mugging in which the victim’s bike is taken – are becoming increasingly common, with youngsters often targeted.
Last month, 15-year-old Alan Cartwright died after he was stabbed while riding his bike on Caledonian Road in Islington, North London, with the two friends he was with having their bikes stolen during the same attack.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.