West Midlands Police are investigating a shocking incident in which a cyclist was robbed of his £3,300 mountain bike on his own doorstep by a gang of seven thugs.
Craig Pickering’s Trek Remedy 8 bike, similar to the one pictured, was taken during the violent attack last Friday outside his home in Kingstanding, Birmingham, reports Birmingham Live.
Mr Pickering, who lives with his partner and two stepdaughters, was hit a number of times on the back of the head with an unknown implement during the attack, which left him unconscious and bleeding from a head wound.
He was treated for his injuries at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Good Hope Hospital for further treatment, including having his head wound stapled.
“There’s some horrible people out there,” he said. “I’m glad I was home alone – it could’ve been a lot different if the girls had been here – they could have been caught up in it.”
The victim, who rides his bike to work each day, said that he believed he had been specifically targeted by the gang, whom he said were riding electric motorcycles.
“My bike was my pride and joy,” he said. “I don’t drive, I cycle to work in Nechells. I’ve cycled every day of my life and it’s all been taken away from me.
“I went down my pathway, turned the corner and two of them went past me on electric motocross bikes. I went past them and then all of a sudden, seven of them came on these bikes and blocked me off.
“I broke free and made it back to my house and just about got my bike halfway through the front door but I had to let go because I was being battered.
“They hit me around the back of my head with something hard and they picked up my big black wheelie bin and hit me on the back of my head. They were aiming for my head all the time. I collapsed and when I came around, everyone was people were around me.
“My neighbours came out and a young lady was driving past and she stopped and assisted me.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We’re investigating after a man was attacked by a gang who then stole his mountain bike in Kingstanding. It happened on Homerton Road at around 4.15pm on Friday. The victim needed hospital treatment and was understandably left shaken by the nasty attack.
“Our robbery team from Stechford police station has been in touch with the victim to update him on the investigation, and are carrying out CCTV enquiries. Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch, quoting 20/1043687/23.”
Mr Pickering is not sure whether he will get back in the saddle following his ordeal.
“I’m still apprehensive about getting another bike. I feel like it’s all been taken away from me. Thank you to the police, too,” he added.
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.