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Incident happened in Birmingham at the weekend

A vandal in Birmingham who was smashing up a shop front dropped his bike when he spotted a police car – only for a quick-thinking officer to hop on it and chase him down.

Video of the incident was tweeted on Sunday by West Midlands Police’s East Birmingham Response Team – complete with a laughing emoji.

A couple of police officers replying to the tweet recalled similar experiences.

The officer’s actions were praised by a senior officer at the force in a tweet that made a reference to Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France victory.

A couple of police officers replying to the tweet recalled similar experiences.

;That second tweet brings to mind this story from last year in which someone who had stolen from a car in London tried to make his escape on a Boris bike – but was knocked off by a police officer opening a van door in his path.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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.