UK Cyclist dragged OFF his $8,000 bike by Machete-Wielding Thugs
A UK cyclist was left terrified after moped machete-wielding thugs dragged him off his bike in a violent bike robbery in a London Park
Marc Radville, 37, has been left battered and bruised after thieves stole his £5,700 racing bike in Richmond Park, South West London, in the UK last Monday.
His attack is the fourth one in the same week, with police warning cyclists to be “vigilant” when riding through the park.
Richmond Park is very popular and well-known training ground for cyclists across the capital city and international cyclists too.
Marc spotted the thugs on a moped thugs following him near the Roheampton Estate entrance of the park, and attempted to speed up to avoid them, but was knocked off his bike.
Marc said to the media after the attack “When he got up close to me he opened his jacket and showed me this massive machete, and when I saw I knew it was game over.
“I tried to get away on the pavement, but they mounted the pavement on their scooter and crashed into me, we were going about 30mph!"
“I came off the bike and hit the ground, but by the time that I got up, the guy with the machete was holding my bike and they drive off."
“This all happened right outside of a school, it was absolutely terrifying. Ultimately I have gotten off lightly!"
“I’m bruised, I don’t have any broken bones or machete injuries so all things considered I am okay – it could have been a lot worse."
“The whole thing has shaken me up, I don’t want to go anywhere near Richmond Park on a bike again."
“I would hope that I’ll be able to get my bike back, it’s my pride and joy. It’s not a flashy bike by any means so I think they’re just targeting cyclists and hoping the bike is expensive.
“I bought the bike for my birthday, as a treat, and even if it is a flashy bike it doesn’t mean that anyone should be able to just come and take it.”
Self-employed Marc is now warning other cyclists to take care after the horror incident, and to go biking in groups."
He added: “Richmond Park has always been a bit of a hotspot, it is a wealthy area and it’s a nice place to cycle so people are being targeted."
“I was in hospital until 1am in the morning, I wasn’t badly injured but I did hurt myself. I just want to get my bike back and to make sure other people are careful in the area."
“If you’re on your own it’s an easy hunting ground, so don’t go down all the same routes, as it’s easy to be targeted.”
Police are also urging cyclists to take care and be “vigilant” over the spate of bike robberies, and have increased patrols in the area.
Marc’s attack comes after top British cyclist Alexandar Richardson was also attacked by a “machete wielding” motorbike gang for his £10,000 bike last week. The Brit clung onto his bike, but was dragged along the road before being threatened with a machete “three or four times the size” of a kitchen knife!