Police in Oxford who stopped a man who was in possession of two stolen bikes had a surprise when they visited his house the following day to arrest him – they found a further 164 in his garden, and are trying to trace their owners.
Officers from Thames Valley Police stopped the man, who was carrying one bike and pushing along another, in Littlemore in the south of the city on Monday, reports the Oxford Mail.
They subsequently discovered that the bikes had been reported stolen, so on Tuesday went to the unnamed 48-year-old’s home to arrest him on suspicion of handling stolen goods and found the huge stash in his garden.
Police are now attempting to discover which of the bikes now in their possession have been reported stolen by their rightful owners.
The man was arrested and has been bailed until 8 May pending further investigation.
What remains unexplained is why the man’s neighbours did not view such a vast collection of bikes left outside as something out of the ordinary.
In 2014, people living near Maidstone pensioner David Watts complained to the local council about his horde of bikes, kept outside his house, being an “eyesore.”
> Pensioner's huge bike collection leads to complaints from neighbours
In this case, the bikes were not stolen – they had been collected by Mr Watts to be repaired or broken up for parts in the second-hand bike business he had set up in retirement.
Heading indoors, in 2011 we reported on a house for sale for almost £1 million in the leafy south west London suburb of Kew that was home to a vast collection of bikes, believed to have once belonged to the Kew Transport Museum.
> Love old bikes? Househunting in SW London? Got £1 million to spend? Then look here ...
Campagnolo still manufacture in the EU I believe? If so, no import duties.
Interesting, thanks for that information....
Well, we are living in a time of rolling industrial strikes, cold war with Russia, high food & fuel prices , poor living standards and former...
Odd tweet from Cycling UK-Cymru....
Agreed on fixed being better for climbing - IF you're still within your gear. When you ride fixed, you'll get used to quite wide a range of cadence...
A beauty. It almost looks as good as my Raleigh Banana.
Yeah - I just think of Boyle's when gas laws come up
Sennen Cove car park operator branded 'a scam' after holidaymaker fined despite buying ticket...
Heresy! Boris would never lie to anyone. Ever.
It's almost like privatising the railroads makes as much sense as trying to privatise the roads, or emergency services..