Police in Greater Manchester are appealing for information after thieves broke in to the house of British track sprinter Philip Hindes and stole his Pinarello Paris training bike.

Hindes, who won gold in the team sprint in London with Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny, was visiting his family in Germany at the time while his housemate, BMXer Liam Phillips was on holiday in Spain.

Phillips’s Volkswagen Golf was also stolen from outside the property in West Didsbury and later found burnt out.

An unknown weapon was used to smash through the patio doors and the home, which was unoccupied at the time, was ransacked.

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.

“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.”

Track riders have Pinarello road bikes for training on, all of which are provided as part of the cross Sky / BC deal with the Italian firm. All track bikes are kept at Manchester velodrome.

  • Derrick Purvis

    More and more break-ins are occurring due to the weakness of the euro cylinder lock. A lock that secures most homes in the UK. Thieves are using “lock snapping” techniques to get in, in seconds.

    This has recently been on the BBC National News, urging the new Police Crime Commissioners to ensure that the public are made aware that there is a need to upgrade to newer TS007 – 3 Star British Kitemark or Sold Secure Diamond euro cylinder locks that have security features to slow down and stop people getting into properties.

    Locksmiths can provide appropriate information to help the public decide whether they need to upgrade their home security. http://www.locksmiths.co.uk

  • Peter Gordon

    Just shows how bike racing has progressed. They steal a bike and a VW and keep the bike, ditch he car – like keeping the money and throwing away the handbag.

  • Steve Blowers

    “The reason we have publicised this theft is so that we can catch the people responsible and return the bike to its rightful owner.” Yeah, right. My bike was nicked from my home last April, the police appeared singularly disinterested. Maybe if I had a gold medal to wave???