Someone’s stolen our bikes. Last night (Saturday, 17th September) from our house in Withington, South Manchester (so they might still be in the area). If you see one of the bikes, please give me a shout (firstname.lastname@example.org), report them to the police (crime stoppers on 0800 555 111), steal it back or take a picture of whoever has it. They’re not worth much, but I’m generally not very fond of having my stuff nicked by scumbags, so it would be nice to have them back. Or cause someone pain. Or both.
Mine is a light blue Raleigh ladies road bike with a D-lock, an Edinburgh Bicycle co-op pump, and a big bell that says ‘Ring Me’.
Matt’s is an Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op ‘Revolution Streetfinder’ bike in dark grey, like the one below.
I’m not surprised. Or disappointed. Just angry. Very, very angry.
What I find slightly more unsettling is the thought that someone must have been into our house/stairwell in the middle of the night to take the bikes, which were wedged in under the stairs and took me 10 minutes to get out last time. If people just used the copious amounts of criminal energy they seem to have for something productive, this country would be flourishing.
Update: Our landlord just told us that the door was actually broken into, at 3 in the afternoon. What a warm welcome, 2 weeks after moving in. I love Manchester.
We don’t know yet whether it’s over or not. Manchester seemed pretty quiet today (I have seen the odd tweet about people witnessing arrests) and I know we all hope that it stays like that. The torrential rainfalls might help.
Matt has posted a short report along with a set of rather shocking photos from yesterday over on www.hipstr.co.uk, showing young kids bragging with their loot, laughing as they’re running away with stolen goods, and the police tackling rioters on top of bin bags.
I usually don’t post news here, as there are many other sites that do it so much better, but this one got me quite upset. Only today it was reported that Wythenshawe Park, which I wrote about last year, was the target of some shockingly sick vandalism. Some time on Sunday evening / Sunday night, they broke into the aviary located in the park, beheaded 18 birds (seriously, what the fuck?), threw them around, poisoned a carp in a pond with fertiliser, chopped down trees and smashed windows, causing more than £10,000 of damage, according to the BBC.
One way to spend your bank holiday weekend, I suppose.