Olympic Gold medalist Philip Hindes’ bike stolen from West Didsbury home – with his own name on it

By Olivia Parry

Olympic Gold medalist Philip Hindes had a bike with his own name on it stolen in a raid on his West Didsbury home last week.

The Olympic cyclist’s home was ransacked by thieves who smashed through the patio doors, also making off with his car.

The blue Volkwagon Golf was later recovered burnt-out.

The Pinarello Paris, painted red, white and blue, is one Hindes uses in training – but wasn’t the one he used to win Gold at London 2012.

Detective Constable Rob Southern, of West Didsbury CID, said: “The reason we have publicised this theft is so that we can catch the people responsible and return the bike to its rightful owner.

“I would therefore ask anyone who is offered a bike matching this description and the image we have released to call police immediately. It might be the thieves try and offload the bike onto a sports memorabilia collector so I would urge anyone who is offered the chance to buy such a bike to call police immediately as you could be vital to helping get this bike back.”

Thieves targeted Hindes’ home in West Didsbury between 7.30pm on August 23 and 11.30pm on August 26.

Luckily, Hindes’ Gold medal was not stolen in the burglary.

Detective Constable Southern added: “I would also ask anyone who has information about the burglary itself, or who might have been involved, to come forward.

“The stolen car was found burnt out on Princess Parkway so again if you saw anything then we need to hear from you.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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