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West Bridgford: Thieves target teenagers and steal high-end Scott Gambler mountain bike

Police in West Bridgford are investigating after two teenage bike riders were targeted by thieves have arrested a suspect.

The two victims were approached by a pair of offenders wearing balaclavas within minutes of each other in West Bridgford around 4.30pm on Saturday (13 January).

According to police officers: One victim had his bicycle taken off him in Rugby Road before it was returned to him moments later, and offenders then took a bike from a second victim in nearby Loughborough Road and rode away.

The family of one of the victims told The Wire that the Rugby Road offence was ‘on the path between Rushcliffe Arena and David Lloyd Leisure Centre on Collington Way, the other was on West Park on Loughborough Road.’

Both of the victims were friends and had just split up to go home to their respective addresses in West Bridgford.

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The family added that the first victim’s bike was returned to him because the offences said that they wanted ‘a full suspension bike’. This led to the other boy being followed to West Park, Loughborough Road where the bike pictured was stolen.

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West Park

The bike is a tuned Scott Gambler professional downhill mountain bike in orange with grey forks worth more than £7,000. 

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of two robberies after officers carried out inquiries in the area.

Inspector Tim Cuthbert, neighbourhood policing inspector for Rushcliffe, said: “We know young people often rely on their bikes to get around and do not deserve to be targeted in this way.

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Image shows view towards the path which extends to the left between Rushcliffe Arena and David Lloyd

“I am pleased a suspect has been arrested but our investigation remains ongoing. We are also working hard to return the stolen bike to the victim.

“It is a distinctive bike and I’d urge anyone who may have been offered it for sale or knows of its whereabouts to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 475 of 13 January 2024, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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