The rise of the bike-jackers: How 'Albanian robbers' target British riders then ... trends now

The rise of the bike-jackers: How 'Albanian robbers' target British riders then ... trends now
The rise of the bike-jackers: How 'Albanian robbers' target British riders then ... trends now

The rise of the bike-jackers: How 'Albanian robbers' target British riders then ... trends now

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Violent Albanian gangs are targeting British riders and shipping the stolen bicycles to Russia where high-end bikes are hard to get hold of because of sanctions, it has been revealed.

Ruthless bike-jackers are said to be stalking riders in wealthy parts of London such as Regent's Park, with a spate of thefts taking place between 5am and 7am in recent months before cars are allowed in.

One cyclist riding a £15,000 Pinarello bike was targeted here by robbers on a motorbike who were heard shouting: 'This is on the list.'

The Times reports that victims have been told by police that the attacks are being carried out by an Albanian gang who are sending the vehicles to Russia amid sanctions imposed on the country following Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine

A number of British cyclist organisations, including bike manufacturer Brompton, are understood to be preparing to write to Met Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley

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