Seller has some suspect item history, lots of bikes (brompton, £1k+ full sus mtb), lots of iPods and mobile phones.
Just wanted to mention that my brother was mugged at knifepoint last night. Had his phone and bike stolen. Thankfully he's not hurt.
I wanted to let everyone know where so that hopefully other people can avoid it happening to them.
He was cycling along the canal through Tottenham, near Ferry Lane. There's a bridge that you go under near the park.
Damnit, another one. So sorry to hear.
When the shock has faded away, could you share some details in this thread, please?
I believe some forum users are actively working with the council and the police and that the thread has been helpful in terms of gathering bits.
cc @Oliver Schick
This is the bike that was stolen.
So, I've found my stolen bike ... it's locked outside a pub. I've locked my own lock around it and left a note with a crime ref number. I've also called the police to potentially help me free it but they are busy and can't send someone over ... how do I find an angle grinder at late notice in Cambridge?
What's the pub? PM'd you
I can’t offer any help to finding an angle grinder, but if you have more locks or friends with locks get them to add more locks to it.
but if they can cut through 1 lock, they can cut through 10?
Less likely to bother though. I’d definitely get another lock on it
Yeah as many locks as possible and take all the parts you can off it - not like you can be nicked for doing that. Go back first thing with an angle grinder and retrieve the frame
Good idea. If you are 100% sure it’s your bike, grab some tools and start removing every part you can.
Ofcourse, but it will slow them down and draw more attention to them.
How sure are you that's your bike? If you have the serial number and or other proof of ownership then lodge another report and then ask for CCTV footage from the pub and hopefully spot the 'owner'. Also get your mates around with an angle grinder, then give the police a courtesy call saying you are reclaiming the bike.
Shit news, Dan. Sorry to hear that. Hope he's OK and not too traumatised.
I'm not currently doing any work with the council(s), I'm afraid. People could write to the lead member for Community Safety in Haringey or the local ward councillors to bump it up the agenda. Since we heard that Hackney did enforcement action on the problem further south at Springfield, it appears to have moved north, and now it's Haringey's turn. Police action on these things usually happens with a delay after a certain number of cases piles up.
Cllr Mark Blake is in charge of Community Safety:
The muggings are taking place in Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale wards:
You can see the councillors and their contact details here (scroll down):
Seven Sisters is Cllrs Dhiren Basu, Barbara Blake, and Erdal Dogan.
Tottenham Hale is Cllrs Vincent Carroll, Ruth Gordon, and Reg Rice.
I wouldnt faff around. Iirc this is that lovely Ritchey Breakaway disc gravel bike? Cant be many of them about. I'd recognise one of mine in the street as well. I'd be all over retreiving it by what ever means and follow up with the paperwork afterwards. If needs Id sit there with a hack saw and spare blades for half an hour. What are the police going to say even if they do bother to stop if they see it? I have sat in Cambridge town centre cutting a bike free years ago when I lost the key. No one batted an eyelid and just walked past me.
Unlikely the current "owner" is the person who nicked it anyway.
Let's say you sit there with a hacksaw having a go and the 'owner' rocks up with his mates, who's gonna back you up?
Be sensible, hope for the best, prepare for the worst...
@r_mash did you manage to get your bike back?
Yes! hired an angle grinder first thing (those places open early! 7:30am) and did it ... told the police before I did. One woman called the police while I was doing it but bike retrieved!
Well done on giving the police heads up, if they're bothered enough they would have rocked up, clearly they don't. Write to your local MP?
Kudos for the women calling the police too, must have been a weird conversation, ' The suspect you're reporting rang us earlier detailing what he was gonna do, so we think he's just one of those heroes who don't wear a cape!'
Ace. Well done. Bike ok? Was this the Ritchey?
Edit: as Coventry eagle says, good idea to notify the police as well!
Nice work Ms Mash
Glad to hear that!
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