The Cycle Shop Owner and the Barber

The Evening Standard (London, England), August 15, 2011 | Go to article overview

The Cycle Shop Owner and the Barber


Byline: Mark Blunden

A BIKE shop smashed up and looted in Croydon has recovered stolen stock thanks to Good Samaritans.

The owners of Cycle King, in Brighton Road, said today that about 30 machines had been wheeled back to their store, which had lost more than [pounds sterling]120,000 of goods.

Cycle King director Mark Baker said: "Many bikes have been returned to us by people who have found them in their gardens.

"We also had at least half a dozen people who asked if we needed help cleaning up on the first day. But we can't reopen at the moment because our insurers won't let us until we beef up security.

"We were forced to take down our [pounds sterling]25,000 security shutters because the council said they didn't fit in with the street scene. If we had the shutters it would have meant we wouldn't have these problems. So it could be months before we reopen."

About 600 bicycles were looted, including every adult bike and BMX, plus accessories. Electric scooters were dumped around the corner once looters realised there was no battery charge.

Meanwhile Mohamed Abdulla, 31, who runs W[pounds sterling]5tern Hairdressers in London Road, opened this morning for his first haircut since the riots -- but with no front windows, after they were smashed, costing [pounds sterling]1,000 to repair. …

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