Picture of stolen championship bike being raced through Hither Green goes viral

Police want to speak to this man

Police want to speak to this man

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A photo of a bike being raced through Hither Green after it was stolen from a world championship rider is going viral, with thousands of people trying to track down the person responsible.

The bike is one of three customised cycles worth around £2,000 each which were stolen from a garden shed in Lee Park some time between May 8 and May 9.

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Their owner, aged 69, was to use one of the bikes to represent Great Britain in the World Championship Duathlon at the end of this month.

A series of pictures of man on one of the bikes in Hither Green werre taken by a witness on May 12 and are circulating on Twitter with the hastag #findvernonsbike.

Detective Constable Louise Mayhook from Lewisham's serious acquisitive crime unit said: "The victim was to use one of them to compete in the world duathalon championships for Great Britain on May 31 in Spain.

"We are keen to trace the person in the image believed to have been riding around on the stolen bike on Sunday."

Anyone with information should call police on 020 8284 8477 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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5:07pm Mon 12 May 14

shabina says...

why did owner keep 6 grands worth of bike in his garden shed? 3 bikes worth 2 thousand each !! i dont think the guy in photo is the thief ... due to the fact the bike was stolen on either 8 or 9 may and yesterday was 11 may, and he was just down the road..... he bought it off someone selling it !!! loving the tyres ...
why did owner keep 6 grands worth of bike in his garden shed? 3 bikes worth 2 thousand each !! i dont think the guy in photo is the thief ... due to the fact the bike was stolen on either 8 or 9 may and yesterday was 11 may, and he was just down the road..... he bought it off someone selling it !!! loving the tyres ... shabina
  • Score: -21

5:48pm Mon 12 May 14

madras says...

shabina wrote:
why did owner keep 6 grands worth of bike in his garden shed? 3 bikes worth 2 thousand each !! i dont think the guy in photo is the thief ... due to the fact the bike was stolen on either 8 or 9 may and yesterday was 11 may, and he was just down the road..... he bought it off someone selling it !!! loving the tyres ...
Perhaps it was the only place he had to keep them

£2k is not even close to top end of cost of such bikes

So what if the person in the photo is not the thief - by your logic they are likely to know it was stolen, and at the very least if caught will have to forfeit the bike so it can be returned

Err, I think you'll find the 'jazzy' bit is part of the wheel (ie the rim), not the tyre

But all the same, thank you for your contribution!
[quote][p][bold]shabina[/bold] wrote: why did owner keep 6 grands worth of bike in his garden shed? 3 bikes worth 2 thousand each !! i dont think the guy in photo is the thief ... due to the fact the bike was stolen on either 8 or 9 may and yesterday was 11 may, and he was just down the road..... he bought it off someone selling it !!! loving the tyres ...[/p][/quote]Perhaps it was the only place he had to keep them £2k is not even close to top end of cost of such bikes So what if the person in the photo is not the thief - by your logic they are likely to know it was stolen, and at the very least if caught will have to forfeit the bike so it can be returned Err, I think you'll find the 'jazzy' bit is part of the wheel (ie the rim), not the tyre But all the same, thank you for your contribution! madras
  • Score: 22

6:03pm Mon 12 May 14

shabina says...

ah i never said the guy was innocent, when ever you buy from the man in the pub its dodgy you are buying ! he just never knew it was nicked from the local area... i know if i had 6 grands worth of bike, no way would i store them in the garden shed... so what tyre / rim same thing ..
ah i never said the guy was innocent, when ever you buy from the man in the pub its dodgy you are buying ! he just never knew it was nicked from the local area... i know if i had 6 grands worth of bike, no way would i store them in the garden shed... so what tyre / rim same thing .. shabina
  • Score: -21

10:43pm Wed 14 May 14

mouthalmighty says...

shabina wrote:
ah i never said the guy was innocent, when ever you buy from the man in the pub its dodgy you are buying ! he just never knew it was nicked from the local area... i know if i had 6 grands worth of bike, no way would i store them in the garden shed... so what tyre / rim same thing ..
Are you saying we should all live in fortresses. I've had stuff nicked from my front garden; even from my door step. Nothing expensive, o should I have had a security guard looking after my stuff. No. Those scumbags will steal anything, so be careful where you leave your false teeth love.
[quote][p][bold]shabina[/bold] wrote: ah i never said the guy was innocent, when ever you buy from the man in the pub its dodgy you are buying ! he just never knew it was nicked from the local area... i know if i had 6 grands worth of bike, no way would i store them in the garden shed... so what tyre / rim same thing ..[/p][/quote]Are you saying we should all live in fortresses. I've had stuff nicked from my front garden; even from my door step. Nothing expensive, o should I have had a security guard looking after my stuff. No. Those scumbags will steal anything, so be careful where you leave your false teeth love. mouthalmighty
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5:59pm Mon 19 May 14

fatboy2000 says...

regardless of how much these bikes cost is irrelevant. Its a point a principle that the thieving little sh*t that stole these has total disrespect for peoples property and needs to be caught. whoever it is in the photo doesn't have the attire of even look the type of person to be riding a bike like this...........he stands out like a sore thumb. Hope the police are able to rescue and retrieve the bikes to the rightful owner before these scumbags sell them on to feed their drug habit for probably 50 quid. This man has obviously worked hard to get these bikes and enjoy his hobby so come on plod pull your fingers out & find this thieving ar*ehole!!
regardless of how much these bikes cost is irrelevant. Its a point a principle that the thieving little sh*t that stole these has total disrespect for peoples property and needs to be caught. whoever it is in the photo doesn't have the attire of even look the type of person to be riding a bike like this...........he stands out like a sore thumb. Hope the police are able to rescue and retrieve the bikes to the rightful owner before these scumbags sell them on to feed their drug habit for probably 50 quid. This man has obviously worked hard to get these bikes and enjoy his hobby so come on plod pull your fingers out & find this thieving ar*ehole!! fatboy2000
  • Score: 1

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