Motorcycle stolen after RAC says to leave it at the side of the road

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A motorcyclist had his bike stolen after the RAC advised him to leave it at the side of the road due to a break down.

42-year-old John Edwards was riding his Triumph Tiger 1050 through Croydon on November 22 when it broke down. Upon calling the RAC he was told they wouldn’t be able to reach him for three hours. Half an hour before the recovery vehicle was due, they called to say they would be delayed again.


At 5pm – three and a half hours after Edwards first called the RAC – they called again and advised him to get a taxi home and hide the keys with the bike. Unsurprisingly, by the time the RAC got there at 9pm, the bike had been stolen.

Police recovered the bike five days later, although it had been badly damaged. Edwards’ insurance firm refused to pay out as he had left the keys with the bike, but the RAC did reimburse him £750 to cover the repair bill.

Speaking to, the RAC said: “The extreme weather conditions meant our patrol team were severely stretched which resulted in us having to engage a third-party contractor to attend. We have apologised to Mr Edwards for the extended delay and level of service provided on our behalf and will fully reimburse him for the costs to repair the damage to his motorbike, along with a goodwill gesture.”


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Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer