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Three arrested as Sussex bike cop chases down stolen BMW

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.”

Simon has been news editor at 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.

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