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Ashley Jordan was convicted in his absence on multiple counts including five charges of bike theft

A serial bike thief who failed to appear in court last month including five counts of stealing bicycles has been arrested after five weeks on the run from police.

Ashley Jordan, aged 18, failed to appear at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 1 March to face 15 charges, reports the Cotswold Journal.

British Transport Police revealed on Saturday that Ashley Jordan, aged 18, was arrested following a short chase on foot also involving officers from West Mercia Police.

Jordan, who admitted one charge of possession of cannabis, had been found guilty in his absence of five counts of theft of bikes in Worcester and Droitwich, five counts of damaging bicycles and one count of having blot cutters for use in theft.

He was also found guilty of failing to surrender to custody and of trespassing on railway property.

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.