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Would-be thief tried to wrest bike from cyclist - but left empty handed

Footage shot in the centre of Manchester shows the moment a bike thief punched and kicked a cyclist who was trying to stop his bike from being stolen.

The video, shared on the UK Motorcycle Theft Protest Community page on Facebook, shows a man wearing a suit trying to intervene while other people watch the incident, which happened on Oxford Road.

After unsuccessfully trying to wrest the bike from its owner, the would-be thief, wearing a black hooded jacket, makes off with a friend on another bike, but not before shoving the woman filming who is trying to get a shot of his face.

It is not clear when the incident took place nor whether it has been reported to police.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.