Owner of bike stolen from outside bookshop reunited with it following pursuit

A 71-year-old member of a charity organisation chased down a bike thief in Sussex and reunited the owner with her bike which had just been taken from outside a bookshop where she was browsing.

The Eastbourne Herald reports that Chris Millen set off in pursuit of the would-be thief when he saw him making off with the bike from outside the Lions’ Bookshop in Hailsham.

The Hailsham Lions member chased him along the High Street to the traffic lights and said afterwards: “He saw me chasing him, but as it was crowded with pedestrians he couldn’t get through.

"So, he dropped the bike on the ground and legged it.

He added: “I still gave chase again, but unfortunately I lost him.”

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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.