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Police arrest three suspected bike thieves - after following them from Brighton to London

Officers made arrests in Mitcham after tailing suspects' van for 50 miles...

Three suspected bike thieves have been arrested in south London by officers from Sussex Police, who had followed them for 50 miles from Brighton.

Sussex Police said that a bicycle was stolen from Preston Park, Brighton, and put in a van in a nearby street, Stanford Avenue, at 9.15pm on the evening of Thursday 25 January.

The suspects then drove off and headed up the A23 towards London, but were followed by officers, who eventually stopped them in Mitcham, south London and made the arrests.

The suspects, a 51-year-old man, a 24-year-old man and a 15-year-old youth, were arrested on suspicion of theft and have been released under investigation.

Inspector Paul Ransome of Sussex Police said: "We are continuing to target bike thieves with Operation Ensnare.

“Even though these suspected thieves left Sussex, we were still able to pursue them and arrest them."

Simon joined road.cc 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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alansmurphy | 6 years ago
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burtthebike | 6 years ago
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Great work by the police, and while they are sometimes justly criticised on here, this deserves praise.

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StraelGuy | 6 years ago
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They should fit a honeypot bike with semtex and ball bearings. "Suspects van clear of all other traffic and pedestrians. Detonating now" angel.

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RoubaixCube replied to StraelGuy | 6 years ago
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StraelGuy wrote:

They should fit a honeypot bike with semtex and ball bearings. "Suspects van clear of all other traffic and pedestrians. Detonating now" angel.

 

I once heard a story about a guy in Mexico who had his phone stolen multiple times by a gang of train thieves. He then took matters into his own hands when police failed to stop or catch those involved so packed a phone with a little plastic explosive C4 and detonated it when the thieves got off the train.. Sadly for him, while he fixed a problem, he ended up going to jail for murder.

 

Sometimes scum have more rights than law abiding citizens in this world 

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Deeferdonk replied to RoubaixCube | 6 years ago
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RoubaixCube wrote:
StraelGuy wrote:

They should fit a honeypot bike with semtex and ball bearings. "Suspects van clear of all other traffic and pedestrians. Detonating now" angel.

 

I once heard a story about a guy in Mexico who had his phone stolen multiple times by a gang of train thieves. He then took matters into his own hands when police failed to stop or catch those involved so packed a phone with a little plastic explosive C4 and detonated it when the thieves got off the train.. Sadly for him, while he fixed a problem, he ended up going to jail for murder.

 

Sometimes scum have more rights than law abiding citizens in this world 

Yes, it's human rights gone mad when a hard working, law abiding citizen can't even make a bomb and detonate it in public and kill a man. I bet if he was a lesbian, asylum seeker muslim they would have patted him on the back and given him a million pound council house.

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CygnusX1 | 6 years ago
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Well done! Was the bike nicked from the park a 'honeypot' (i.e. fitted with a tracker and left by the police) by any chance?

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