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“Copycat” moped mugger kicks cyclist into fence, threatens to stab him, and steals bike in yet another violent bikejacking

The incident, which took place in Regent’s Park, left the cyclist with cuts and bruises, and has been described as a “copycat” attack after a spate of violent robberies targeting cyclists

A cyclist’s bike was stolen during yet another violent robbery involving a moped mugger in Regent’s Park, which saw the cyclist kicked into a fence by a Vespa rider, who then repeatedly threatened to stab him before fleeing with his bike.

The shocking attack took place at 5.55am on Friday near Cumberland Terrace, on the eastern side of the London park, as the male cyclist was riding alone on his way to meet a friend at Physician’s Corner.

According to a member of the Regent’s Park Rouleurs – a club who have themselves fallen victim to the spate of violent bikejackings plaguing the park and its surrounding area in recent months – the cyclist was just south of the Danish Church when he became aware of a moped rider who had pulled up alongside him.

Unlike other similar attacks, where cyclists have been approached by two men on mopeds, the driver, who was riding what has been described as a Vespa-type vehicle, was also alone.

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The moped rider then allegedly kicked the cyclist, causing him to crash into the kerb and some nearby metal fencing. The attacker then approached the stricken rider and, according to the account provided to road.cc, “repeatedly” threatened to stab him.

The thief then took the bike, a black Cinelli (pictured above), before fleeing towards Great Portland Street. The victim was left with grazes, cuts, and bruises following the attack, but was not seriously hurt. The Metropolitan Police have told road.cc that they are currently investigating the incident.

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The latest bikejacking attack comes just months after the Regent’s Park Rouleurs cycling club was targeted on three occasions in quick succession by aggressive moped-riding muggers, while another cyclist was attacked by thieves in the park itself.

One of those incidents took place in October as members of the club were stopped at traffic lights on a busy road in High Barnet. According to one of the Regent’s Park Rouleurs riders, the two moped-riding thieves pulled up alongside them and “screamed in our faces ‘Right, get off your f***ing bikes now you c***s’ over and over, and getting increasingly aggressive”. After forcing the cyclists to hand over the bikes, the muggers then fled the scene.

Comparing Friday’s incident in Regent’s Park with the earlier attacks, fellow Regent’s Park Rouleurs member James told road.cc: “This sounds like a different attacker. Copycats. All others have been two men on a moped.

“This one was also silly enough to ride off towards a lot of CCTV. The Royal Parks police are trying to see if he was picked up on them.

Most of the other attacks have been in either Barnet or Archway. This is the second one in the park itself that we know about.

“I saw a moped pillion carrying a road bike near Prebend Street [om Islington] the other night, but I’ve heard of no muggings around here recently and suspect they were the more usual lock cutters targeting bike parking around CS1.”

Friday’s bikejacking in Regent’s Park – and the recent targeted attacks in the surrounding area – underline the increasing threat posed by violent thieves towards cyclists, as reports of people on bikes being mugged have become depressingly common across the UK in recent years.

Masked men attempt to steal cyclist's bike after forcing him off road in SUV (B31 Voices)

> Shocking footage shows masked men attempting to steal cyclist’s bike after forcing him off the road with SUV

In October, a cyclist was assaulted by two masked men in broad daylight who attempted – and ultimately failed – to steal his bike after forcing him off the road with a SUV in what appeared to be a targeted bikejacking attack in Worcestershire.

The cyclist was reportedly followed for around four miles by the SUV driver, before being cornered in a driveway, with only the intervention of the house’s owner and a passing motorist forcing the thieves to leave without the bike.

In August, a Kent cyclist raised the alarm about bikejackings in the area, sharing video footage of two moped-riding attackers forcing him off the road in a frightening incident on a busy road.

Bikejacking attempt suspects (Image supplied)

Peter Roper sent road.cc the video of the attempted bikejacking which happened on the A25 in Brasted, while he was riding his Trek e-bike. The cyclist said he saw a moped pass in the opposite direction, shortly before the rider and passenger pulled alongside to threaten him with a knife and push him off the road.

Fortunately, Peter was able to mount the pavement due to the dropped kerb, ending the attack.

In the most high-profile bikejacking incident in recent years, in autumn 2021 professional cyclist Alexandar Richardson was knocked off his bike, dragged for 100 metres by muggers on motorbikes, and threatened with a machete during a shocking attack, this time in Richmond Park.

In April, a teenager, aged 15 when Richardson was attacked, was jailed for 12 months for the bikejacking.

Another professional cyclist, former Scottish champion Jennifer George, said last year that she no longer rides alone after she was similarly attacked by two people on a motorbike during a long ride from her home in southeast London out to Surrey.

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Last summer, a member of Penge Cycling Club narrowly escaped a robbery attempt near West Wickham, around five miles west of Orpington, during which the rider was told he would be stabbed if he did not give up his 2022 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7.

Another incident saw a Trek Domane SL6 and Wilier GTR forcefully taken by a group, described as “youths on mopeds” by one victim and “four males on mopeds” by the other.

Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns at Cycling UK, said he believes criminals – such as the ones who targeted the cyclist in Regent’s Park on Friday – are attracted towards stealing high-end bikes because the potential money to be made from selling them on far outweighs the chances of getting caught.

“It is possibly perceived as a low-risk crime if the numbers of people being caught are so low,” he explained. “It may be seen as a high-reward, low-risk crime.

“Somebody has posted on Strava what they are doing on their ride. The criminals will know it is someone on a £3,000 to £4,000 carbon fibre bike who has unwittingly signposted the fact that they are likely to be heading out to Kent or the Surrey Hills. It is on the police’s radar.”

Ryan joined road.cc in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the road.cc Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as road.cc’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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Smoggysteve | 7 months ago
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Would it be illigal to pack the seatpost with high explosives, so when the thief tries to ride away, you can remote detonate and their bollocks get blown clean off? 

A few of these might be a good deterrent. If not, at least it would be fun. 

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hawkinspeter replied to Smoggysteve | 7 months ago
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Smoggysteve wrote:

Would it be illigal to pack the seatpost with high explosives, so when the thief tries to ride away, you can remote detonate and their bollocks get blown clean off? 

A few of these might be a good deterrent. If not, at least it would be fun. 

Unfortunately, yes - that kind of thing is frowned upon by the constabulary.

An automated system could be more justifiable, but is similarly illegal.

However, I have seen some internet videos where the seat was made to slide down so that the thief came into sudden contact with the seat post - that could be explained away as a forgotten maintenance job or even that the bike was assembled by Halfords.

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Smoggysteve replied to hawkinspeter | 7 months ago
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Meddling police dangnammit

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chrisonabike replied to Smoggysteve | 7 months ago
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Simple and legal alternative - just fix your bike to reverse the steering and train yourself to ride like that.  Comedy guaranteed if anyone tries to pinch it.

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Smoggysteve replied to chrisonabike | 7 months ago
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I hoped to provide a scenario where thieves were discouraged by the threat of losing vital body parts. Even if the bikes are just strategically placed in places where bikes are often nicked. 

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hawkinspeter replied to Smoggysteve | 7 months ago
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Smoggysteve wrote:

I hoped to provide a scenario where thieves were discouraged by the threat of losing vital body parts. Even if the bikes are just strategically placed in places where bikes are often nicked. 

How about a strategically placed tube of super glue that might accidentally split when the bike is sat on?

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Smoggysteve replied to hawkinspeter | 7 months ago
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Is getting glue on your pants as big a deterrant as having your testicles removed at high velocity? 

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hawkinspeter replied to Smoggysteve | 7 months ago
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Smoggysteve wrote:

Is getting glue on your pants as big a deterrant as having your testicles removed at high velocity? 

Well, if we're just going for as big a deterrent as possible, maybe some kind of demon core saddle design would be best

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hawkinspeter replied to hawkinspeter | 7 months ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:
Smoggysteve wrote:

Is getting glue on your pants as big a deterrant as having your testicles removed at high velocity? 

Well, if we're just going for as big a deterrent as possible, maybe some kind of demon core saddle design would be best

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chrisonabike replied to hawkinspeter | 7 months ago
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Critical Mass!  Reclaim the streets!  Oh, sorry, that's critical mass, depopulate the streets you've got there.

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hawkinspeter replied to chrisonabike | 7 months ago
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chrisonatrike wrote:

Simple and legal alternative - just fix your bike to reverse the steering and train yourself to ride like that.  Comedy guaranteed if anyone tries to pinch it.

Is that what the Halfords staff were trying to do by installing the front forks the wrong way round?

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NotNigel | 7 months ago
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I've obviously been a bit naive up to this point that the scrotes who do this sort of thing would be tucked up in bed when setting off on a ride pre-dawn.

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Glov Zaroff | 7 months ago
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Stop making your rides on Strava public. 

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Rendel Harris replied to Glov Zaroff | 7 months ago
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Glov Zaroff wrote:

Stop making your rides on Strava public. 

I very much doubt this particular unpleasant incident had anything to do with the rider having their rides on Strava, Regent's Park is packed with riders on top-end machinery; a would-be thief wouldn't have to plan out anything by following people on Strava, just wait in an inconspicuous position until a solo rider on an expensive bike came by, they wouldn't be waiting long.

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stonojnr replied to Glov Zaroff | 7 months ago
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You dont need Strava to know Regents Park morning laps are a very common thing with lots of expensive bikes on show, just a pair of eyes.

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HoldingOn | 7 months ago
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Unlike other similar attacks, where cyclists have been approached by two men on mopeds, the driver, who was riding what has been described as a Vespa-type vehicle, was also alone.

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The thief then took the bike, a black Cinelli (pictured above), before fleeing towards Great Portland Street. 

What happened to the "Vespa"? Did the thug drive off carrying the bike or was the "Vespa" dumped there?

I  think with the introduction of electronic shifting, it won't be long before someone develops a way of locking the gears if the riders phone/wireless device isn't near to the bike. Make it much more difficult to ride off after stealing a bike.

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