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North London rugby coach chases down bike thief

Passer-by became suspicious when he saw bike being pushed along still had lock on front wheel

A rugby coach from North London has described how he gave chase to a bike thief  who was riding down the road with a stolen bike over his shoulder.

The man, named only as Chris by the Islington Gazette, spotted three youths, one of them riding a bike and wheeling another - with a lock attached to its front wheel - along Danbury Street near Angel.

He said: "I asked them a few times to explain why the bike was still locked. But one individual put it on his back and he raced off."

The episode was caught on the dashcaam of a car following along the road, which forms part of Quietway 2.

“I chased them for 50 or 60 metres down the road," hec ontinued. "Then a postman got involved and a couple of neighbours came out and videoed it.”

The man dropped the bike into the road, but there was still more to come, with Chris revealing he had a fight with one of the other pair of suspected thieves a short distance away.

“The two other original individuals I saw with the bike tried to saunter past as though nothing had happened,” he explained. “I tried a citizen’s arrest on one of them and then there was a bit of fisticuffs.”

Adding that "We all need to be vigilant but should not be afraid of giving chase when needed," the man he had tried to arrest would be “feeling sore this morning.”

Police are now trying to trace the owner of the bike, who is asked to contact them on 101.

Simon has been news editor at 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.

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