An adventurer who cycled round the world has had his bike and most of his possessions stolen - outside a Co-op in Kingston upon Thames.
Rob Lutter, who cycled solo around the world in 2011, taking photographs as he went, has lived in a tent for years while he wrote and published a travel book, which was crowdfunded on Kickstarter.
It’s not the first time Rob has had his bike and gear stolen.
He said: “After four years on the road I've developed a humble lifestyle: my camera, laptop, a socket, a sleeping bag space and a little food are all I will really need over the coming months.
“Sadly though, two weeks after completing the adventure [in 2015], my worldcycle bike was stolen! Sixty was with me for 25 of the 40 thousand kms and now she is gone.
“I have already replaced the bike, but first I need to fix up a few components to make it tour-ready.
“Then I can get back on the road and find a base in England to write from.”
Rob’s new blue Kona Rove, along with 4 brown panniers, a camera, a computer and all this clothes, were taken last night in Kingston.
Hi hard drives, tent, photos and work were also among the belongings stolen.
He tweeted: “What's wrong with the world. Can't do this anymore. Just why.”
Anyone with any information about the bike can contact the police or Rob, who tweets @robertlutter.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.