Moment moped gang steal SIX bikes from family home of cycling champion

Moment moped gang steal SIX bikes from family home of cycling champion

10/13/2021

Moment moped gang steal SIX bikes from family home of junior cycling champion in Wimbledon – as police tell cyclists in nearby Richmond Park to be careful after spate of robberies

  • In the latest bike theft in London, six were stolen from a garage in Wimbledon
  • Footage shows four thieves on two mopeds stealing six bikes from the house
  • The Metropolitan Police adviced cyclists to be ‘vigilant’ after a string of thefts
  • Two were targeted in Richmond Park, while a third was targeted on Monday
  • Police said people are ‘understandably concerned’ and appealed for information
  • Anyone with information should call 101 giving the reference 5103/07OCT

A professional cyclist has become the latest victim of bike-jacking gangs stealing bicycles across London – as the Metropolitan Police advised cyclists to be ‘vigilant’ after a string of recent attacks in nearby Richmond Park.

In the early hours of Monday morning, thieves on mopeds broke into a garage and stole six bicycles from Mattie Dodd’s family home in Wimbledon, southwest London.

Just 12 hours earlier, Mr Dodd had ridden one of the bikes to win a junior time trial championship.

The 16-year-old shared pictures of the six ‘distinctive’ bikes onto his Instagram page as he appealed for help in getting them back.

When brand new, the bikes would have cost somewhere in the region of £25,000 in total. 

This is the fourth recorded incident of a cyclist being targeted for their bikes around London over the past few days. Three were targeted in or around Richmond Park.

A video, filmed outside Mr Dodd’s family home, shows a gang of four thieves on two mopeds arriving outside the house at 3.30am on Monday.

Three of the gang jump over the front gate, one armed with a crowbar, while another keeps an eye out on the road, before they break open a garage door at the front of the property.

The thieves are then seen running out of the garage, each time holding another bike they have stolen.

Thieves wearing balaclavas and riding on mopeds broke into a garage in Wimbledon and stole six bikes

Footage shows the thieves coming out of the garage and dropping bikes over the gate where one of the gang waits keeping an eye on the road

Mattie Dodd won the junior time trial championship just 12 hours before six bikes, including the one he rode to the title on Sunday, were stolen from his family home 

In total, six bicycles were taken in the burglary – four belonging to Mr Dodd and two belonging to his father Angus.

Mr Dodd said the stolen bikes were: an Orbea Ordu OMX, a Pearson minegoestoeleven, a Cervelo R5 Rim Brake, a Pearson Objects in Motion, a Pearson Rough with the Smooth, and a Specialized Roubaix rim brakes.

Appealing for help getting them back, Mr Dodd said: ‘During Sunday night, four people on two scooters broke into our well-locked garage and nicked six of our bikes. 

‘Good news is no one was hurt and that they are all covered by insurance but we would obviously like them back.’

A Pearson Rough with the Smooth, similar to the one stolen in the early hours of Monday morning (stock image)

An Orbea Ordu similar to the one stolen by a group of thieves on mopeds (stock image)

A Cervelo R5 Ultegra Rim similar to one of the bicycles stolen in Wimbledon (stock image)

A Pearson Minegoestoeleven similar to the one stolen from Mr Dodd (stock image)

A Pearson Objects In Motion, again similar to one of the six bikes stolen from a house in Wimbledon (stock image)

The string of incidents  involving the theft of bicycles inside and around Richmond Park in the last few days

This was the latest case of bikes being stolen in London. 

Last Wednesday, a man in his 20s reported having his bike stolen on Sawyers Hill by two men riding electric scooters. They pushed his from the bike, causing minor injuries.

Then on Thursday, professional cyclist, Alexandar Richardson, 31, was approached by four men travelling on two mopeds who pushed him from his bike, causing minor injuries.

They threatened him with a machete before taking the bike and riding away from the area, police said. 

On Monday at about 5pm, just hours after Mr Dodd’s family home was targeted, keen cyclist Mark Radville was rammed off his bike outside Richmond Park and his £5,500 bike was stolen. 

A member of the bike-jacking gang throws one of the bikes stolen from Mr Dodd’s family home over the front gate

The gang used a crowbar to open the ‘well-locked’ garage in Wimbledon

Police are also investigating a report that a man in his 50s was pushed from his bike in Roehampton Lane at around the same time. He was approached by two men on a moped. No injuries were reported. 

Chief Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple, responsible for local policing in south-west London, said: ‘Many people in the area would have seen these reports on social media and will understandably be concerned.

‘I can reassure you that we are doing everything we can to track down those responsible for these terrible crimes.

‘Everyone should be able to feel safe when using Richmond Park and that’s why I have arranged for additional officers to be in the area over the comings days.

‘They will work alongside our dedicated Royal Parks officers and I would encourage anyone with concerns to approach them, or to call 999 in an emergency.’

The recent incidents led people to criticise police for setting up cameras to catch speeding cyclists and motorists while failing to stop armed robbery in Richmond Park.

Billy Martin said he had seen police set up speed traps in the park, all the while the violent incidents were not being stopped.

‘Looks like a permanent deterrent presence is required’, he added.

Police confirmed there have been no arrests made in connection with these incidents.

Detective Inspector Gavin Collins, from Operation Venice, the Met’s response to moped enabled crime, said: ‘These incidents would have been incredibly frightening for those involved and I would like to reassure the victims and the public that we are doing everything we can to track down these dangerous individuals.

‘I would ask anyone who was in or around the park at the time of any of the incidents to check for any dashcam or cycle helmet footage.

‘This could be key to helping us track down those responsible.’

Campaign group The Department of Parks and Recreation shared two pictures on Twitter showing suspected bike jackers rushing off the scene outside Richmond Park after the theft of what appeared to be another high-end bicycle

The group reported that this latest attack occurred outside Richmond Park, close to Roehampton Gate

Campaign group, The Department of Parks and Recreation, which states it is fighting ‘to reclaim The Royal Parks from motorists’, renewed calls for the gates to Richmond Park to be closed to motorists.

They tweeted: ‘The news that this latest attack occurred just outside the park, does not alter our demand that the gates be shut to protect park users while these criminals are at large.

‘We know these criminals are carrying large bladed weapons.

‘The Royal Parks must act swiftly to protect park users and avoid further attacks or even injuries. The gates to the park must now be closed to motor traffic.’

Alexandar Richardson (pictured previously at a cycling race) wrote about his terrifying ordeal on social media after the incident on Thursday afternoon last week

Last Thursday, Mr Richardson was targeted by two attackers on motorbikes, who drove into him before dragging him 109 yards through the park.

Mr Richardson was then threatened with the jackers’ 15-inch machete and ordered to give over his high-end training bike.

The rider for professional cycling team Alpecin-Fenix shared his horrifying experience on Instagram with a picture of his nasty scrapes to his legs.

He said: ‘Pretty shocking experience today in Richmond Park.

‘Was finishing my training around 3pm when two motorbikes with four men and balaclavas started following me.

‘I knew exactly what they wanted – to take my bike. I started to think what the best thing to do was.

Richardson was dragged along the ground for 109 yards in Richmond Park and suffered nasty cuts to his legs before letting the attackers take the £10,000 bike

‘I turned around at East Sheen Roundabout and started riding full speed to the café about 500 metres away.

‘They simply rode one of the motorbikes into me at 60kph.

‘I came off the bike and the first motorbike lost control. I held onto my bike, however, the second motorbike then dragged me and the bike along the floor for another 100 metres.

‘After this they pulled out a 15-inch machete, at which point I thought I better let the bike go.

‘I’m pretty cut up and bruised with a swollen hip but tomorrow is another day.

‘Please be careful in the area and note this is becoming a common occurrence in parts of London.

‘The police have taken their notes down as armed robbery and hopefully the criminals are found.’ 

Richardson did what he could to hold onto his £10,000 bike but it was taken from him at knife point before the masked men quickly sped off

Mr Radville, speaking to MailOnline after the attack on Monday afternoon, said he thought he was going to be ‘decapitated in the street’.

The 37-year-old was riding his £5,500 bike outside Richmond Park when he noticed two men wearing balaclavas on a moped were following him.

They caught up alongside him with one of the men flashing the blade before the keen cyclist was rammed off his bike and thrown to the ground.

One of the riders picked up the bicycle and flung it over his shoulder before jumping onto the back of the moped and the two thieves rode off.

Mr Radville, a mobile-coffee shop owner from Lewisham, suffered cuts and bruises in the fall and spent hours in hospital following the incident at about 5pm outside The Alton Primary School, in Danebury Avenue.

A group of cyclists make their way through Richmond Park in London (file picture)

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told MailOnline: ‘Police were called at 17:09hrs on 11 October to High Street SW15 after a man was reported to have been assaulted by two males who then stole his bicycle.

‘One of the suspects was reported to be in possession of a machete and so armed officers responded.

‘An area search was conducted, however the suspects could not be traced.

‘The victim was taken to hospital as a precaution but was not seriously injured.’

Police confirmed no arrests have been made and said enquiries are ‘ongoing’.  

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 giving the reference 5103/07OCT.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.

Last year, a total of 74,573 bikes were reported stolen in England and Wales, with Greater London having the highest rate of crime in the country. 

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