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Police hunt balaclava-wearing mugger who pushed cyclist into Birmingham canal in attempted bikejacking

Incident last week is latest in series of attacks on bike riders on West Midlands waterways

Police in Birmingham have issued a picture of a hooded man they want to speak to after a cyclist was pushed into a canal in an attempted bikejacking – the latest in a series of similar incidents on waterways in the West Midlands.

Two men tried to steal the bike from the rider in the incident at around midday on Wednesday 27 October near Lawden Road, Small Heath.

The suspects are both described as being around 5 feet 10 inches tall and of slim build.

One of them was described as riding a red bike, and police posted an image of one of the suspects to Twitter.

Last month, we reported how a cyclist commuting home along a canal in Birmingham had his bike stolen by masked men, with at least two other people riding on the towpath targeted the same day.

> Birmingham cyclist attacked by gang in violent bikejacking with thieves stealing £3,500 bike

 In response, police stepped up their patrols on the city’s waterways, but later in the month a Just Eat food delivery rider spoke of how she had been pushed off her bike by a jogger on the canal at Selly Oak.

> Just Eat food delivery cyclist pushed off bike by jogger on Birmingham canal

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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