Police are hunting a man who pulled a cyclist off his bike and tried to steal it.
The 47-year-old victim was travelling along Castle Road towards Bedford town centre on Monday lunchtime (May 12) and was near the roundabout with the Polish church where Newnham Street meets Mill Street and St Cuthberts.
Walking away from the town centre were two men, one of whom shouted at the cyclist and came running towards him aggressively shouting ‘that’s my bike’.
Although the victim did his best to pedal away, the offender grabbed the hood of his jacket forcing him to stop the bike, hit the kerb and fall on to the pavement.
The would-be robber then grabbed the bike frame and tried to steal it from the cyclist.
Holding onto the handlebars, the cyclist fought back shouting for help and the quick-release rear wheel of the bike came off as passers-by approached to see what was happening.
The offender then walked off in the direction of Castle Road, leaving behind his friend who denied he knew him.
The offender is described as a light-skinned mixed-race man, 19-20 years old, 6ft tall, slim build with short dark hair wearing a navy blue jacket
His friend, who did not take part in the attack, is described as an Asian man, shorter than the offender, about 18-19 years old
“Several people saw this offence, which happened about 1.10pm, stopped to look or spoke to the victim afterwards,” said Det Con Surinder Ram of Bedford CID.
“This man is a genuine victim who bought his bike brand new from a shop about a year ago. I think it’s possible that other people have been shouted at or approached in a similar way by someone using the theft accusation as a method of stealing bikes from innocent cyclists, but they haven’t thought to report it.
“I’d like to hear from anyone who saw any part of this incident on Monday, or stopped afterwards to help, or in fact has been approached in a similar way,” said Det Con Ram.
Det Con Ram can be contacted direct on 01234 275346; via the 24 hour police non-emergency number 101; or you can leave information anonymously through independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.