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Philip Hindes, Gold Medallist, Has Bike Stolen

West Didsbury break-in puts spoke in Olympic wheel

Published on August 29th 2012.


Philip Hindes, Gold Medallist, Has Bike Stolen

A BICYCLE belonging to an Olympic gold medalist has been stolen during a burglary. 

It's a Pinarello Paris which is red, white and blue and has a 'Sky' sticker and Mr Hindes' name on. 

Thieves raided the home in the West Didsbury area between 7.30pm on 23 August 2012 and 11pm on 26 August 2012. 

An unknown weapon was used to smash through the patio doors and the home, which was unoccupied at the time, was ransacked. 

The thieves stole the keys to a blue Volkswagen Golf which they drove off in and also stole a bicycle belonging to Olympic Gold medalist Philip Hindes, who won his medal during the 2012 London Olympics. 

The bike is described as being a Pinarello Paris which is red, white and blue and has a 'Sky' sticker and Philip Hindes' name on. The bike is used in training and was not the bike which Philip Hindes rode when he won his Olympic medal. 

The car was later found burnt out by police. 

Philip Hindes' Gold medal was not stolen during the burglary. 

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward. 
Detective Constable Rob Southern, of West Didsbury CID, said: "The reason we have publicised this theft is so that we can catch the people responsible and return the bike to its rightful owner. 

"I would therefore ask anyone who is offered a bike matching this description and the image we have released to call police immediately. It might be the thieves try and offload the bike onto a sports memorabilia collector so I would urge anyone who is offered the chance to buy such a bike to call police immediately as you could be vital to helping get this bike back. 

"I would also ask anyone who has information about the burglary itself, or who might have been involved, to come forward. 

"The stolen car was found burnt out on Princess Parkway so again if you saw anything then we need to hear from you." 

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 500 111.

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Irish MancAugust 30th 2012.

I wish the police had taken this much interest when my bike was stolen from Manchester City Centre a couple of years ago. I was laughed at and told what did I expect for leaving it (locked up) in town. I also had another one stolen from the communal area in my flat and they didn't even come to question the people living in the other flat - when it was blatently them (or their mates) who stole it.

JoanAugust 31st 2012.

It's a little more serious when a home is broken into and ransacked.

AnonymousAugust 31st 2012.

So it's OK for the police not to care about Mr Irish's bike, then?! Wow, in what times we live.

JoanAugust 31st 2012.

That's not what I meant. Both are crimes and both should be investigated, but police have to prioritise and I would expect them to devote more resources to investigating a bike theft that occurred as part of a house break-in than to investigating a bike theft which from the street. I'd also expect different levels of punishment for these crimes.

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