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Thieves steal 'golden bicycle'

This is a replica of the stolen bicycle described as being a Pinarello Paris - it is red, white and blue. It also has Mr Hindes' name on. Photo: Greater Manchester Police

A bicycle used in training by an Olympic gold medallist has been stolen during a burglary at his home in the West Didsbury area.

The bike, which belongs to Philip Hindes was not the same bike he rode when he won his Olympic gold medal recently but is used in training.

Police say thieves raided Mr Hindes' home between 7:30pm on August 23 and 11pm on August 26, using an unknown weapon to smash through the patio doors and the home, which was unoccupied at the time.

The home was also ransacked by the thieves who stole the keys to a blue Volkswagen Golf and drove off in. The car was later found burnt out on Princess Parkway.

"I would 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.

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

– Detective Constable Rob Southern, West Didsbury CID

The bicycle is described as being a Pinarello Paris - which is red, white and blue and has a 'Sky' sticker and Mr Hindes' name on. Mr Hindes' Gold medal was not stolen during the burglary.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them by phoning 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.