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Near theft experience in Greenwich

Published: 02 November 2010

I parked my new Honda CBR600RR just opposite the Gypsy Moth pub next to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich to meet friends for a meal and a drink on Saturday 30 October.

After a stroll in the market we headed towards the Gypsy Moth. I looked towards my pride and joy and saw two thugs standing next to my bike, they wore primark gear and had their helmets on.

It took me a split second to realize they were thieves, at that moment, one grabbed the right handlebar and just as he started to pull the handle bar to break the steering lock I reacted and shouted at them.

I ran towards them to stop them nicking my bike. One of them jumped on a scooter they had just behind my bike while the other seemed to be waiting, facing me with a blank look on his face.

He was a big lad and Im only 5'7, I hesitated but bluffed that I was going to use my helmet in my hand to hit him. The other guy turned their scooter around and the big lad jumped on behind him and they scootered into a pedestrianized area that goes around the Cutty Sark and leads to the road next to the Maritime Museum.

I was really shocked but I immediately called the police and they were so unhelpful it was frustrating.

The officer I spoke to first seemed to be pissed off I was wasting his time when no crime had been committed and I still had my bike.

After 10 minutes of rude questioning I put the phone down and said goodbye to my two friends who were even more upset than me. As usual nobody seemed to have noticed apart from one lady in a car right next to where my bike and other bikes were parked

Even she had not realized what they were up to until I shouted at them. Another copper rang me afterwards and said many bikes have been stolen from there which would indicate that maybe they need to do something to protect the public?

Maybe that's just wishful thinking.

I learnt my lesson though, and I will carry my cable, lock and disc lock every time I ride my bike from now on.

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