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Cyclists robbed by moped gang as two more bikejackings reported across south London

Both victims reported being threatened and robbed by a moped-riding gang near Orpington on Sunday, a few days after another attempted bikejacking nearby

The ongoing spate of south London bikejackings continued this weekend with two cyclists robbed of their bikes in separate, but very similar incidents, near Orpington.

Sunday's incidents came on the same day we reported a member of Penge Cycling Club had narrowly escaped a robbery attempt on Thursday evening 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.

> "They said give us the bike or we stab you": Another cyclist targeted by motorbike-riding muggers on popular route out of London

The most recent incidents 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.

The Trek rider was rammed by the group who threatened him before taking the bike. According to the victim's wife "the police have said they can't do anything" about the robbery on Star Lane near St Paul's Cray Hill Country Park.

Bikejacking Orpington (supplied)

The second victim reported being attacked in Poverest Road at 8.45pm and is "very battered and bruised".

Orpington bikejacking (supplied)

A road.cc reader got in touch with a tip-off about the latest incidents and said he has spoken with British Cycling who are "keen to communicate with police to make sure there is a coordinated response".

"I've spoken with Nick Chamberlin who is a policy manager at British Cycling. He is taking it seriously and seems keen to communicate with police to make sure there is a coordinated response," the reader explained.

"He said that British Cycling would encourage any victims to report incidents to them as well as to police. I've been emailing all the local clubs to make people aware and see if anyone has ideas about what can be done."

road.cc has contacted British Cycling for more information.

On Thursday a cyclist was threatened by two balaclava-clad attackers on Layhams Road, near West Wickham, a popular route for London-based riders escaping to the Kent and Surrey countryside.

The cyclist managed to sprint away as the muggers fled when a driver and group of cyclists appeared, but said the incident had taken his "freedom and independence to go and ride my bike".

In April, local cycling clubs warned members to ride in groups after a lone female rider was held down and had her bike taken during a similar attack near Warlingham.

Former Scottish champion Jennifer George, who finished eleventh at the recent British time trial championships, has also reported being attacked twice in recent weeks while riding alone in Surrey and Kent, both times by men riding mopeds or motorbikes.

> Lone female cyclists are "being targeted", says former Scottish champion

Last autumn, then-Alpecin Fenix pro Alexandar Richardson was knocked off his bike and threatened by a gang with a machete who took his team-issue Canyon Aeroad during a shocking attack in Richmond Park, south west London.

It was the second violent robbery in the park within a 24-hour window after the owner of a 2021 Cannondale System Six was pushed off his bike by two balaclava-clad men on an electric scooter.

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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Hirsute | 1 year ago
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looks like you need some sort of mini surfboard to protect yourself

https://twitter.com/AmericanFietser/status/1544458680917180422

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Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago
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The thing that gets me is that they must be pretty local to dump the stolen bikes afterward unless they have an accomplice with a van.  Lugging a stolen bike around on the back of a moped is only workable for a few minutes.

Maybe the police should be appealing for dashcam footage for anyone lugging a bike on a moped.

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squidgy replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

The thing that gets me is that they must be pretty local to dump the stolen bikes afterward unless they have an accomplice with a van.  Lugging a stolen bike around on the back of a moped is only workable for a few minutes.

Maybe the police should be appealing for dashcam footage for anyone lugging a bike on a moped.

I'm surprised anyone would ride a bike on Star Lane. You can't drive a car through there because it was blocked off by the council a few years back due to the constant fly tipping by the locals .
The local traveller site is well known and was subject to a huge raid a few years back. The whole St Mary's cray area had a reputation.
It's far too close to home and is very concerning.

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AidanR replied to squidgy | 1 year ago
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squidgy wrote:

I'm surprised anyone would ride a bike on Star Lane. You can't drive a car through there because it was blocked off by the council a few years back due to the constant fly tipping by the locals .

Yeah, I cycled down Star Lane once and once only. It's basically a failed road.

Perhaps more worrying is the attack on Poverest Road. That's a busyish road in a built up area.

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Dnnnnnn replied to AidanR | 1 year ago
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I've cycled down Star Lane many times! I enjoyed that (half of) it was closed to traffic (less than it was ankle-deep in mud in winter at the east end). You're entirely alone though, which I used to consider a plus but not now.
The Poverest Road attack sounds pretty brazen. Let's hope there might have been some witnesses or footage.

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Brauchsel replied to squidgy | 1 year ago
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"The local traveller site is well known"

As are the ones on Layhams Road, where the other spate of attacks have been...

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Dnnnnnn replied to Brauchsel | 1 year ago
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There may be a connection - but we don't actually know. 
Everyone should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

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