Watch the moment cycling police officer chases down bike thief in pedal pursuit

The officer tried to question the thief, who handed over a backpack containing bolt cutters and then fled by bike

A video has been released of the moment a police officer chased down a bike thief

Video footage has been released of the moment a cycling police officer became embroiled in a high-speed bike chase through Derby.

PSCO Jim Sadler stopped a suspect near the bike shelter outside a train station in Pride Park on August 23, but the thief pedalled away rapidly.

The officer quickly gave chase and pursued the criminal along cycle paths until he was finally able to catch up on an incline.

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Derbyshire Constabulary has released footage of the dramatic chase, captured by PCSO Sadler's body camera.

A statement from the force said: "We have released dramatic footage of the moment a Derby man was chased and arrested for going equipped to steal bikes from Pride Park.

"The subsequent chase through the cycle lanes towards the city centre was caught on PCSO Sadler’s body worn video. Jim was able to give a commentary to his colleagues and shortly after, Mr Liddle was arrested. The bag he handed over to Jim was found to contain bolt-croppers."

Scott Liddle, 37, of no fixed abode, was disturbed by PCSO Sadler while acting suspiciously near the bike shelter at the rear of the train station.

When approached, Liddle handed over a backpack to the officer but then fled the scene on his bike.

PCSO Sadler caught up with Liddle, who was then arrested.

On Saturday, August 25, Liddle appeared before magistrates and pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft and also to stealing a bike earlier that week.  He was given a suspended prison sentence of 18 weeks.

Liddle was arrested again earlier this month for the more thefts of bikes in Derby. This time he was jailed for 36 weeks and given a Criminal Behaviour Order to keep him away from certain parts of the city centre.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.