Cyclists thank good Samaritans following bike theft

The theft took place outside Penleys.

Two cyclists have thanked the good Samaritans who came to their aid after their bikes were stolen.

The theft took place last Sunday outside Penleys cafe in Leyburn Market Place.

The two men had stopped for refreshments and had left their bikes outside.

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Two men rode off on the bikes and down the road towards Bedale.

The cyclists saw the incident and shouted for help.

In a letter to The Northern Echo, the men, Bob Turner and Mike Blackledge, from Windermere, in Cumbria, said: “Our cries for assistance were responded to by many people, and as consequence, following a chase by a motorbike rider and two cars, we were able to recover them.

“In the immediate aftermath we did not have the presence of mind to take a note of the names of those who helped and could we therefore through your pages express our sincere thanks for their help, without which we would have been unable to continue on our coast to coast journey.

“Their willingness to respond was a wonderful gesture. Thanks again to all who helped.”

It is understood the thieves dumped the bikes when they knew were being chased and left the scene in a car.