police crime

Machete Gang Targets Mountain Bikers

by 22

Greater Manchester Police are investigating two robberies where mountain bikes were taken from riders leaving Farmer John’s Bike Park at Marple, outside Manchester. In both cases, the riders were riding home alone when stopped by a vehicle full of men carrying machetes.

Marin rider Leo Smith had a bike taken from him on 25th October, while another local rider TJ Preston reported a similar incident on 30th October. Different vehicles appear to have been used in the robberies, with Leo reporting a burgundy or red vehicle, and the second incident involving a silver one.

TJ described to us how it was still light when he was riding home, when a group of men in balaclavas got out the car and demanded his bike and phone. Since three of them were armed with machetes he didn’t put up a fight. He suggests that riders in the area should be wary of riding alone until this gang is caught.

Police have confirmed:

Incidents were reported to us on Cote Green Road on 25/10 and Glossop Road on 30/10 and are being actively investigated.

We have been patrolling the area and enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with useful information about these crimes should contact Greater Manchester Police.

Thanks for popping by - why not stay a while?IT'S FREE

Sign up as a Singletrack Member and you can leave comments on stories, use the classified ads, and post in our forums, do quizzes and more.

Join us, join in, it’s free, and fun.


Viewing 22 posts - 1 through 22 (of 22 total)
  • Machete Gang Targets Mountain Bikers
  • augustuswindsock
    Full Member

    Shit! That is seriously scary!

    mrmoofo
    Full Member

    That’s Manchester for you 🙁

    bfw
    Full Member

    Ummm its the same around here, Richmond Park/Hampton Court/Posh part of London/Surrey

    ads678
    Full Member

    Kid got smacked with a cricket bat and his E-mtb taken somwhere near Brighouse, I’ve heard stories of people getting pushed into the canal or towpath blocked then set upon when rider stopped. Never had an issue my self near Leeds but heard stories aroufn these parts.

    Its really shit that this stuff happens, I don’t let my lad take his nice bike to school, not that anything has happened, but I really need to build up a cheap bike to use for school/shops….

    chakaping
    Free Member

    That’s Manchester for you

    It’s a posh, semi-rural suburb on the edge of Great Mcr.

    Not exactly Moss Side.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    Ummm its the same around here, Richmond Park/Hampton Court/Posh part of London/Surrey

    There was a spate of similar incidents on Layhams Road leading out into the Kent countryside from West Wickham area.

    One of the main routes out for South London roadies.

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    blimey.

    beagle
    Free Member

    Posted a PSA on here a couple of days ago. Perhaps I need to work on the title on my threads 😳 Very scary and utterly pants.

    Think Leo had a lead according to his instagram account. Hopefully some proper police work ongoing as suggested in the article.

    mrmoofo
    Full Member

    ^ I hope there is – as unless it is dealt with it will turn a lot nastier

    noeffsgiven
    Free Member

    Sad thing is if they do catch them they’ll do little time behind bars if any, it’s amazing what scum get away with these days, even with a long history of crime from a young age there’s always some do-gooder willing to speak up for them with a sob story.

    monkeycmonkeydo
    Free Member

    Bad type wealth redistribution in a deeply unequal society.I think, its about to get a whole lot worse in the next few years!Middle class keyboard anger is a waste of your energies.Even if very understandable.

    bigrich
    Full Member

    Sad thing is if they do catch them they’ll do little time behind bars if any, it’s amazing what scum get away with these days, even with a long history of crime from a young age there’s always some do-gooder willing to speak up for them with a sob story.

    It’s this attitude that is allowing the far right to erode your rights.

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    It’s this attitude that is allowing the far right to erode your rights.

    Good point, well made

    shermer75
    Free Member

    Bad type wealth redistribution in a deeply unequal society.I think, its about to get a whole lot worse in the next few years!

    Yup

    molgrips
    Full Member

    Sad thing is if they do catch them they’ll do little time behind bars if any, it’s amazing what scum get away with these days, even with a long history of crime from a young age there’s always some do-gooder willing to speak up for them with a sob story.

    This post represents a complete failure to understand the issues around crime and punishment.

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    I think it gets the ‘punishment’ angle completely.

    Bunnyhop
    Full Member

    We live in this area and it really is scary.
    I’ve seen the police helicopter out a few times in the past week.

    As beagle said in the original thread – once is bad enough but twice is dreadful.

    fossy
    Full Member

    WTF – it’s down the road from me…

    AlexSimon
    Full Member

    Yeah, I cycle around there on my CX bike from time to time. That’s pretty scary.

    I’ve also been to Farmer John’s, but always drive. Really wouldn’t expect it around there, although there was a similar incident 3 or 4 years ago in New Mills iirc

    fossy
    Full Member

    I pass FJ’s on my road bike training routes, it’s a very quiet area. My mate is always out on Glossop road. Have warned him.

    imnotverygood
    Full Member

    This post represents a complete failure to understand the issues around crime and punishment.

    imrobert
    Full Member

    Sounds very similar to what happened the other day to my nephew and his friend – only 15 years old and a car full of lads with machetes stole their bikes. Blow torch and pliers would be handy.

Viewing 22 posts - 1 through 22 (of 22 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.