The rampant bike-jacking gangs terrorising London’s parks

Rexa Vella

The rampant bike-jacking gangs terrorising London’s parks

Eliecer Alvarez is one of them. The 26-year-old north Londoner, who works in IT, was also targeted when cycling to Regent’s Park just after dawn. A group of four men on e-bikes started to follow him. Realising he was about to be robbed while at a red light, Alvarez sprinted as fast as he could when it went green. He wanted to keep his Pinarello Dogma S, worth £12,000. Two of the men on e-bikes pulled up alongside Alvarez and started hitting and kicking him as he rode. “I had to go in zig zags. I started kicking them, screaming ‘help me, somebody help me’,” he says. It got very dangerous. “One of the riders said he was going to kill me,” Alvarez says, and shouted: “Is your bike worth more than your life?”Alvarez was saved by a bus driver, who turned into the road, stopping both lanes of traffic, while a lorry driver and a homeless man helped too. The men on the e-bikes sped off.

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