Car owner asks if incident in Worthing last week wasn't recorded on Strava, did it happen?...

Three youths suspected of stealing a BMW car in Worthing last week were arrested after a police officer set off after them on his bike.

The incident in the West Sussex seaside town happened last Wednesday afternoon when the officer spotted the car which had been reported stolen earlier that day, reports The Argus.

PC Glen McArthur of Sussex Police’s Roads Policing Unit posted a picture of the recovered vehicle to Twitter last week.


In reply, Chief Superintendent Jane Derrick commented: “A case of fast and furious cycling by the sounds of it.”

One user of the social network intimated that the officer might have been riding one of the force’s electric bikes, but in reply, PC McArthur said “The only 'e' involved by the rider was exceptional!”

The owner of the car expressed her thanks to the officer on Twitter – but wondered whether, if it hadn’t been recorded on Strava, the ride had actually happened?

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: “Three people were arrested after a car stolen in Worthing on Wednesday was located in the town a short while later.

“The white BMW 116C had been reported stolen at 10.47am and logged by automatic number plate recognition cameras between 11.39am and 1.34pm, before crashing in Twitten Way just after 1.30pm.

“The occupants decamped but, with the assistance of local people, were arrested nearby by officers a short time later.

“A 17-year-old boy from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and theft from a motor vehicle.

“Another 17-year-old boy from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and driving whilst disqualified.

“A 17-year-old girl from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle,” she added.

“All remained in custody at 5.45pm on Wednesday.”

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.