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Police hunt Phantom Key Snatcher of Bolton Abbey

Cyclist said he dropped the keys shortly after taking them

Police have issued an appeal to track down the cyclist involved in a road rage incident with a BBC radio presenter near Bolton Abbey on June 26. Radio Leeds host Nick Ahad was left stranded when his keys were taken and had to be towed to a nearby car park by a ranger employed by the Duke of Devonshire's estate.

We at have previously been contacted by both parties involved. Ahad said he is not someone who has any issues with cyclists and argued that the initial incident came about purely because the man in question was riding dangerously.

We also received an anonymous email from someone identifying themselves only as “The Phantom Key Snatcher” who said that Ahad was driving dangerously. “Either it was criminally bad driving or he was actually trying to hit me deliberately,” he wrote.

What both agree on is that the cyclist took Ahad’s keys from the ignition and rode off with them. There has also been an account of a second cyclist being chased by another driver in a case of mistaken identity in the aftermath of the incident.

The Phantom Key Snatcher says he no longer has the keys having dropping them after a few hundred yards after hitting a rough patch of road.

Yesterday, North Yorkshire Police put out a description of the cyclist. He is described as having a skinny build, about 5ft 10ins, white with a dark complexion, speaking English. He was riding a black and red racing bike and wearing a black cycling top and shorts with a red and black helmet.

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