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Video: Gang use sledgehammer to raid Manchester bike shop

Five bicycles were stolen from King Kog Cycles on Saturday night

The owners of a bike shop in Manchester have appealed for information after a gang used a sledgehammer to force their way into the premises on Saturday night and made off with bicycles worth £5,000.

CCTV footage of the burglary at King Kog Cycles, located on Bury New Road in Prestwich, was shared by the independent business on its Facebook page.

The gang, using hoods to try and conceal their identity, used a crowbar to prise open the shop’s security shutters before one used a sledgehammer to break the glass in the door, setting off the alarm.

It took the six members of the gang less than a minute from opening the shutter to making off with the five bikes.

The gang, using hoods to try and conceal their identity, used a crowbar to prise open the shop’s security shutters before one used a sledgehammer to break the glass in the door, setting off the alarm.

Two of the bikes stolen belonged to customers of the store, and a reward is being offered for the return of the five mountain bikes – three GT models, a Saracen, and a black Trek Fuel 8 –  that were stolen.

A spokesman for the shop, quoted on ITV News, said: "We got an alarm call to say the alarm was sounding and jumped in the car to get there, but they had already gone.

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“They crowbarred open the roller shutters then smashed the door through.

“It is an awful feeling. I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police. We want the bikes back but the customer’s bikes are the priority.”

Greater Manchester Police are investigating the burglary and have asked anyone with information to contact them on 101 or the charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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