This surely wasn’t the first time someone on a Boris bike has been doored by a motorist, but it might be the first time one has been deliberately hit with the door of a moving police car shortly before being apprehended.
The thief, Jake Nedd, can be seen riffling through an unlocked Range Rover on Dawes Road in Fulham on June 4 before attempting to make a less-than-sharp getaway on of the capital’s Santander hire bikes.
Police officers pull alongside him in a van and the officer in the passenger seat opens the door into Nedd, causing him to veer into the kerb and fall. There’s then a brief unnerving moment where it looks like the police van might run over his head.
The London Evening Standard reports that Nedd was jailed for 28 weeks after pleading guilty to theft from a motor vehicle, going equipped for theft and taking a vehicle without consent.