Bikes stolen as Tour De France rides through Woodford

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Tour de France distracts bike owners Tour de France distracts bike owners

A spate of bike thefts occurred as the Tour De France raced through Woodford Green on Monday.

As crowds flocked to view Chris Froome and the other riders head through the borough, thives were at work.

Norma Hudson, 85, of Palmerston Road, said her grandson’s £400 bike was stolen "right under the nose of a policeman" while spectators were distracted by the race.

The bike, which Jack Hudson had borrowed from his father especially to watch the event, was chained to a lamppost in Johnston Road.

Mrs Hudson said: “I was flabbergasted and when I heard his bike was stolen, it ruined my day.

“What was supposed to be a joyful occasion was totally ruined by these miscreants.

“He was so upset and he was frightened to tell his father.”

Her grandson had been playing football with his three friends before going to watch the race at Woodford Green, locking all their bikes all together.

It had been locked for "mere minutes" before the thief struck as the race went past. 

When Mr Hudson went to the police, another man was reporting the theft of his £1000 bike at the same time.

Mrs Hudson said: “If I was younger I would find whoever did this and beat them up.

“At the very least I hope they fall off their bike.”

The Guardian has asked police how many other bikes were stolen during the event.

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10:45am Fri 11 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Typical.
Typical. Villagecranberry
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12:54pm Fri 11 Jul 14

livedheretoolong says...

I'm not surprised at all. Bike thieves can use bolt cutters to cut ordinary locks in seconds. Even if you use a D-Lock you bike is not safe anymore. I walked to Whipps X to watch the race as I didn't want to take the risk.
The Police are pretty much indifferent to the problem - when you report that your bike is stolen they will give you a crime reference number to make an insurance claim (if you are insured). Having said that there is probably not much they can do anyway. There is an epidemic of crime in this area so they probably only have time to deal with the more serious ones.
That's life living in today's society.
Probably the fault of coalition cuts.
I'm not surprised at all. Bike thieves can use bolt cutters to cut ordinary locks in seconds. Even if you use a D-Lock you bike is not safe anymore. I walked to Whipps X to watch the race as I didn't want to take the risk. The Police are pretty much indifferent to the problem - when you report that your bike is stolen they will give you a crime reference number to make an insurance claim (if you are insured). Having said that there is probably not much they can do anyway. There is an epidemic of crime in this area so they probably only have time to deal with the more serious ones. That's life living in today's society. Probably the fault of coalition cuts. livedheretoolong
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1:11pm Fri 11 Jul 14

T. Watts says...

Mrs Hudson said: “If I was younger I would find whoever did this and beat them up. "

Yeah, nothing like a bit of violence to cure our nation's social ills.
Mrs Hudson said: “If I was younger I would find whoever did this and beat them up. " Yeah, nothing like a bit of violence to cure our nation's social ills. T. Watts
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11:05pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Mrs Hudson is the kind of true grit that has vanished since 1939, keep the home fires burning, careless talk costs lives, whistle whilst you work and so on, now we have Health a Groups checking on Fasting, is this correct?
Mrs Hudson is the kind of true grit that has vanished since 1939, keep the home fires burning, careless talk costs lives, whistle whilst you work and so on, now we have Health a Groups checking on Fasting, is this correct? Villagecranberry
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