Danny Hart's Descend Bike Park Ransacked & Robbed

Nov 16, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
The place was fully ransacked.

Danny Hart's Descend Bike Park shared on Facebook yesterday that the bike park was robbed of everything there was to take including three generators, two chainsaws, countless other tools, and bike parts.

The bike park, a small operation in the Hamsterley Forest of North East England, has become one of the UK's leading downhill destinations. Unfortunately, the two cabins that stored all the park's bike tools, trail maintenance equipment, and even some cash that the park had been collecting as a donation to the Great North Air Ambulance Service were fully cleaned out. The park asks that anyone in the area watch out for some of the more valuable items that were stolen: a Ford generator, a Honda generator, a Stil battery-powered chainsaw, a Stil petrol chainsaw, a Hyundai auger, and a Clark power washer.

The empty tool wall is a sad sight.

bigquotesI’ve had my heart broken today, for the last 5 years we have worked tirelessly to make the bike park a success.
Over night someone broke into our 2 cabins and took everything.
When I say everything I mean everything.
3 generators
Wacker plate
2 chain saws
2 leaf blowers
Auger
Park tools
Park bike stand
Petrol power washer
100 percent goggles
Stux gloves
2 track pumps
6 helmets
Radios
All sweets and drinks
All bike spares (tubes brake pads chains split links)
Clothing
Great North Air Ambulance cash.
This is only part of what has been taken, there’s far too much to list.
We have been cleaned out.
Please keep a look out for a Ford generator, a Honda generator, a Stil battery chain saw, petrol Stil chain saw, a Hyundai powered Auger and a Clark petrol power washer.
Descend Bike Park

Goggles and even first aid supplies were taken.

A GoFundMe campaign has been created to help get the park back on its feet. The park will be closed through most of this week but plans to reopen Saturday.


233 Comments

  • 358 24
 Mother f*ckers. Death to every last one of the scum bags on both sides of the pond.
  • 113 50
 Suddenly the laws of Sharia seem quite appropriate .
  • 154 12
 Funny, I get down-voted on the GG thread when I suggest we stop coddling thieves. You wish them death and get up-voted. Maybe I'm just not extreme enough.
  • 66 64
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: I agree. Thieves if caught in the act should have lost ALL rights to life. If caught later, and convicted, loss of both hands, testicles/ovaries chopped off/out. Lose your big toe. Then put you in hard labor camp in Arizona during summer breaking rocks, only 1 gallon of water per day for 10 years.
  • 34 1
 @REZEN: bring back Holes
  • 30 1
 Find them and bury them on the trail so everyone can run them over every dam day!
  • 7 27
flag scott-townes (Nov 16, 2021 at 11:43) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah but dat insurance money!
  • 45 3
 @scott-townes: The nightmare becomes getting insurance at a reasonable rate...or at all after you've made a claim. Insurance companies are no better than these thieves.
  • 23 2
 @brooklyn1: buried face down, arse up - a handy place to park your bike.
  • 47 23
 Calm down everyone, we are not living in the middle ages anymore. Of course we are all angry, but don't forget the internet is actually part of the real world.
  • 59 22
 Looks like the foaming-at-the-mouth revenge brigade is out in full force. Lets just start murdering people for a few grand worth of stuff, that has worked so well all through history.....
  • 23 2
 @Ttimer: best idea yet!
  • 12 0
 Tie them to the apex of a jump. Then we can whip our rear wheels to their balls as we fly over
  • 10 1
 @REZEN: I like how you get down voted as if you are being too harsh.

But seriously, chain the crooks together in the woods, have them dig trails all day, and feed them only bread and water.
  • 6 0
 @brooklyn1: yeah, but when they rot they will leave holes in the trail... May be a better plan is to backfill a borrow pit with the thieves then backfill with dirt on top, rake some leaves over, toss some sticks back on there and replant some ferns...
  • 16 7
 @ottifant: all these keyboard cowards are so angry. Man the internet is like full testosterone for people who are otherwise probably very ambivalent in “real life”. Hide behind your Technology and RAGE!!!!
  • 18 11
 @Ttimer: According to the laws of utilitarian ethics (the most ethical choice is the one that will produce the greatest good for the greatest number) there is a good argument for the anger and extremism you're seeing here. These thieves ceasing to exist would undoubtedly be a net-positive for society as a whole... But they have kids you say? DOUBLE BONUS, now these kids can grow up without the influence of thieving bastards as parents, and the cycle of thieving bastardry is broken! hurrah.
  • 7 2
 @REZEN: transitioning between medications can be tough. Hang in there.
  • 1 2
 @ElDebarge: I've still got rage since i was eight or nine
  • 3 0
 If this set up existed in SA, the place would have been ransacked within a few days/weeks, unless secured with bars, razor wire and an alarm.
  • 11 3
 I really don’t agree to capital punishment it’s wrong at every level. Someone who steals certainly doesn’t deserve to die. Yes it’s disgusting stealing and very upsetting and this is clearly very organised but killing someone for it? Com’n!
  • 10 3
 @nzandyb: No, even under utilitarian ethics (which is riddled with internal contradictions) there is absolutely no argument for capital punishment here.
Killing someone already puts the utility function deep into the negatives (worst possible utility per person). Unless killing a thief saves more than one life, it wouldn't be justified.
  • 1 0
 @philneuve: facts!
  • 5 0
 Doing something like this is incomprehensible to me, so I will join this punishment thread by suggesting that if caught, species of this kind be publically exhibited in cages or persplex-walled enclosures, so they can be studied by anyone who so desires.
  • 4 0
 @Gruta: no they dont...
  • 4 2
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: death to infidels! What is this negative voting
  • 1 0
 @nzandyb: Brilliant
  • 7 11
flag jaame (Nov 17, 2021 at 9:54) (Below Threshold)
 How about a little compassion? Those thieves were probably forced into a life of crime by a system that has failed them at every step of the way.
Failed by the education system, failed by the welfare system and driven to crime in order to feed their families.
Hand on heart, we should be seeking to help people who are forced through no fault of their own into doing things like this.
A go fund me page to help the oppressed and the unfortunate would be a much more positive initiative than wishing physical pain on the poor lost souls.
  • 2 1
 @mattsavage: I was trying to be sarcastic... Did not work, at least for the forty something ( and still counting ) people that down voted me. Of course I don`t endorse the Sharia laws, but in face of a subject so dear to most of us, people immediately raize their pitchforks and torches, it`s just a matter of scrolling down the comment section of any article. Polarizing it is !
  • 2 0
 @brooklyn1: burry 'em with their jibblits exposed above dirt level...
  • 2 2
 @Ttimer: Oh boy, where to begin! Firstly, Utilitarian ethics has virtually NOTHING to do with the 'utility' value of a person... life or death is completely incidental to the 'greater good'! Here's a good example: take a highway for instance, let's say that 10 people die in preventable accidents on that highway each year, and it will cost a billion dollars to prevent further deaths on the highway... but in order to afford that billion dollars you have to take it from a child literacy fund which teaches millions of impoverished children to read (children being able to read doesn't directly save any lives). Utilitarian ethics would argue that millions of children being able to read is worth MORE than the lives of 10 people per year (because it brings the most 'good/happiness' to the most people). IPSO FACTO there is an argument for killing a thief: the vast sense of joy in satisfaction that their demise would bring to others. Ask yourself, would it change things if the thief had stolen a billion dollars from the child literacy fund? F*** thieves, that is all.
  • 3 3
 @enduroNZ: Right or wrong are moral constructs, unless you're the religious type and then you probably believe that right/wrong are inalienable. I personally don't believe that capital punishment is necessary, nor the correct course of action to provide effective or reasonable justice; but throwing around statements like "it's wrong at every level" is not just morally righteous, but also completely false. Here's an example: keeping a person alive and in prison requires a vast quantity of time and resources. Time and resources require energy, energy contributes to CO2 emissions and therefore it can be categorically proven that CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS GOOD FOR THE PLANET. Save the planet, hang these thieves from a tree (don't harm the tree though).
  • 4 2
 Well, we certainly have a lot of angry fascists in this thread... Murdering people and forcing them into labor camps over minor crimes? It's not even funny as a joke, and many of these comments don't even seem like jokes. Just to put things into perspective - and let me be clear that in no circumstance, should theft warrant capital punishment - maybe think about people who steal because they are poor and hungry. Anyway, y'all are crazy. Please take a break from the internet and find your humanity, because you lost it somewhere...
  • 3 1
 Modern day thieves= Jean Valjean…. Right. How many of you thief lovers have had your hard earned shit stolen? It’s justified because they must have had it worse than you, right? Don’t house the murderers on death row for 50 years. Kill them and you’ll have plenty of room for the thieving scum.
  • 2 3
 @reed81: I'd bet that most people have had things stolen from them. Not everyone is so self-centered to be blinded by feelings of schadenfreude.
  • 7 0
 Hold on to your bike, Danny!
  • 3 1
 @WildboiBen: Okay. You’ve had shit stolen, but since you’re the morally superior person you’re okay with it. We assume that the person that stole said shit had the odds stacked against them. Anyone that doesn’t agree with that finds pleasure in others misfortunes. Yes, I’m self-centered. I like to keep the shit I pay for. Yep, Scum of the earth I am.
  • 2 1
 Man, people are the worst…
  • 2 1
 @WildboiBen: I don't think hunger is a problem in "socialist europe". Food is handed out to those in need, not to speak of monthly checks.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Are you a JP fan? Hahaha
  • 2 1
 @reed81: I had all my bikes stolen three years ago. It's still the second worst thing that's ever happened to me, especially as I couldn't afford to replace them. Whenever I think about it I feel sad and angry.

But I do still feel genuinely sorry for the people whose lives have taken such a turn that either stealing bikes is their only recourse or their moral compass has been badly demagnetised. I work with vulnerable and disaffected young people and can easily see how their awful childhoods could lead to them making life choices like this.
  • 6 0
 I'm all for bringing back the death penalty for people who have committed the most heinous and violent crimes. That's something we will never have a referendum on. The cost to house criminals in the UK per year is higher than the average gross salary. The system is not very good as it is, but at the same time I don't think I can endorse cutting off hands for theft. It's a little OTT in my opinion. If someone is in jail he or she should be working for the benefit of society, doing something productive like fixing the roads or working on farms. If someone is in prison for life with little to no chance of rehabilitation then I could accept them being removed from the bill that society must pay. In the case of thefts like this, most are committed by lost souls who need guidance and education. Someone to give them a chance and believe in them. Rehab is wholly possible, and rehab is a lot better than punishment.
  • 6 0
 @jaame: Death penalty is still plain murder and a degenerate act of revenge.
  • 3 1
 @DavidGuerra: There's a lot of arguments against the death penalty and its effectiveness as a deterrent. But one thing cannot be argued against - 0% reoffending rate.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: I agree with you for the most part, but prisoners should be paid for their labor with the same wages as everyone else. Right now, they're basically slaves, and when they are released they have often have next to nothing to support themselves. Not only is that inhumane, it creates a feedback loop of criminality.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: Also meant to add: I'd support the death penalty for the most heinous crimes, if the justice system in question is perfect. Tragically, innocent people are wrongly convicted and murdered by the state under any capital punishment regime.
  • 2 0
 @AyJayDoubleyou: That's an argument with zero validity, there's no reoffending possibility with a lifelong sentence, and if prison costs are the issue, i.e. killing people so as to not have to feed and house them, there are other options. My suggestion would be putting them on a sex-segregated island and letting them fend for themselves. I would actually extend this to most sentences. Prison terms are state-paid holidays with no actual rehabilitation, on the opposite, they are often schools for crime.
  • 1 0
 @REZEN: so you know sheriff joe?
  • 2 0
 @nzandyb: MUTATIS MUTANDIS death for all--it's good for the planet
  • 3 1
 @WildboiBen: I mean for the most heinous crimes that are provable beyond doubt. Cases such as the teenager in Taipei who cut off the little toddler's head with a watermelon knife in full view of everyone. Thankfully the Taiwanese authorities have the good sense to act on the 74% of public opinion supporting capital punishment.
  • 2 0
 @DavidGuerra: I was also going to type the island thing but was in a rush. When someone is given a life sentence he or she is deemed to be unfit to ever live in society. In such cases, it makes no sense to force that society to pay for the room and board of said offender. State sanctioned murder is not ideal but look at the stats. £34k a year for 30 years is over £1m. How many juvenile delinquents such as the type mentioned in this article could be rehabilitated using that money? Imagine taking ten thieves off the streets, giving them a trade and a purpose using that £1m. I could back that. I could even accept a single state sanctioned murder to cover it. The island idea is better but since the prisoners would be put there in the knowledge that most would perish (at least that's the plan isn't it) some may choose a less painful death.
I'm not making policy, but this is a case of theft not murder. When the £10 poms were sentenced to transportation and sent to Australia for hard labour, most of them were petty thieves. They did things like stealing bread, and sheep rustling. Abhorrent that a government had the powers to transport people for such crimes. As it happens their descendants were the lucky ones but that's by the by.
I hope the cops catch these thieves from Hammers and they are brought to justice through community service. Working on trail maintenance in the trail network at Hammers would be my choice. 200 hours of community service, and give them a bike each at the end of it. Let them enjoy the fruits of their labour and educate them at the same time. You never know they might get hooked on MTBing and over time give back to the community out of choice. That's the kind of rehab to go for in my humble opinion.
  • 2 0
 @ceecee: My man gets it!
  • 1 0
 I guess people don't like dirty heads w Amy from the Interrupters. Sucks to be you nerds
  • 2 1
 @nzandyb: doubtful--Mill was in favor of the death penalty for aggravated murder. This is not that. Though juxtaposing the greatest-happiness principle with the death penalty yields a cheap journalistic thrill. 'Death to bman33,' repeated a serial mouse
  • 1 0
 @ceecee: Don't you be knocking cheap journalistic thrill, if it's good enough for Fox and CNN then it's good enough for degenerates everywhere. If you want to talk about Mill (bravo btw!), then my take on his issue with 'death to those that cause unhappiness' was simply that the judgement of such matters is too subjective (because it can be rooted in bias and corruption)... hence his pragmatic approach to this subjectivity was to not kill people 'wholesale', because, (in simple terms) that would get totally out of hand and it would suck. Seemed like he was also something of a 'bleeding heart' and his rational conclusions were at odds with his inherent moral bias.
  • 2 1
 @nzandyb: Ask yourself, would it change things if the thief had stolen a billion dollars from the child literacy fund? F*** thieves, that is all.
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Yes, we no longer call them thieves, we call the Tories.
  • 92 24
 Sad to see it. Inequality on the rise globally as is crime...I fear we're only going to see more and more of these kinds of incidents Frown
  • 65 3
 Historically, crime increases as economic stratification, disparity increases. Sad but true.
  • 14 5
 @MT36: Yea no shit...I don't get the downvotes...lol.
  • 15 2
 @MikeyMT: this place makes zero sense. Your statement was completely middle of the road and factual.
  • 22 2
 @MikeyMT: I don't get it either. Maybe people just want criminals to have an inherent personality defect, as opposed to a personality defect caused by actual circumstances? You got me.
  • 10 4
 @MikeyMT: Why do you even care about downvotes?

People really need some perspective.
  • 21 16
 @MikeyMT: Probably because your statement appears to justify crime if you perceive the perpetrator to be a victim of inequality. Perhaps you believe it is justified to steal if one is poor but I don't think most poor people agree with you.
  • 12 3
 @scott-townes: Personally, I feel a downvote represents a disagreement without reason. Part of the problem with the world today is nobody wants to hear the other side of things because it's "offensive". I think if your going to disagree, give a reason why. It will only help to educate the other side, and maybe if we all took the time to listen as much as we talk, the world wouldn't be such an odd and confusing place.
  • 17 1
 Is crime really rising? What data is this based on? All the info i could find on short notice clearly states that crime in developed countries has continously declined since the 90s. This is also true for the UK:

www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingjune2021#main-points
  • 18 2
 @vapidoscar: That is a gigantic stretch though. As middle of the road as that comment is, he very likely means that worsening economic inequality motivates more to steal instead of justifying it.
  • 10 5
 @vapidoscar: Lol. Now THAT is a strawman.
  • 3 7
flag SJP (Nov 16, 2021 at 13:48) (Below Threshold)
 @MT36: This is false. Violent crime was dramatically higher when the world was a lot poorer, and the real income distribution a lot flatter.
  • 15 16
 Eh? Inequality? Its got nothing to do with inequality. Its got everything to do with folks that make a quick buck stripping vulnerable commercial premises. Thats always been the case. That always will be the case. If anything its going significantly down due to target hardening such as better quality locks, cctv, etc. Ram raids, bank robberies, jewellery store raids….they just don't occur Contrary to opinion, a lot of folks are plan lazy and live off others. If that were not the case, there would not be a ‘staff wanted’ sign in every shop, pub, take away, business, you go in at the mo.
You buy a Santa Cruz. Next year you want a new one as its shinier. Where as you save, some people just think balls to that and nick it.
It is not a socio economic situation. Its human nature.
  • 15 9
 Inequality my ass…
It boils down to a lack of respect and poor education combined with lawlessness and a lack of consequences for transgression. Then add a lack of law enforcement…
  • 9 3
 @SchalkMarais: Some will disagree but I place the blame on kids growing up with minecraft.
Learning to break and take everything in sight just to find some things to melt down (vandalism).
Selling goods to traders for terrible exchange rates (pawn shops).
Hurting animals just because they’re in the way (animal abuse). Like what the hell did that llama do you you Joey?
Taking acid so you can travel through a “portal” to the “nether” (Doings drugs, Mmm Kay!)
Disparaging people of a different color just because they walk around with their hands out and groan. That zombie might be someones parent!
Strolling into towns and taking things out of peoples houses without their permission (theft). That farmer might need those 3 loaves of bread to feed his family Brad!

In conclusion. Its all Minecraft’s fault.
  • 2 0
 @SJP: You really should ask those poor Yemeni families about how they feel about violent crime.
  • 2 0
 @nyhc00: I think it is because the majority of the people voting are young kids.
  • 7 13
flag HankBizzle (Nov 17, 2021 at 2:00) (Below Threshold)
 Inequality doesn't exist in the UK. Plebs who have never had a job in their entire life live just as comfortably as those of us who work 50hrs a week. God bless welfare Britain.
  • 3 0
 Diversity is awesome
  • 1 0
 @enduroNZ: based on the comments there is a lot of black & white thinking still going on here. The world mostly operates in the grey area.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike:
And that would be relevant how?

Eisner, Manual, "Long-Term Historical Trends in Violent Crime", Crime and Justice, Vol. 30, 2003.
That paper has data on violent crime rates from ~1300 to the present. MT36's assertion is incorrect. Your rejoinder is vapid.
  • 1 0
 @MikeyMT: The downvotes, it seems to me, derive from disagreeing with the implied assumption that this crime results from a situation of inequality. That's my perception, it's not that I downvoted, in fact I find the concept of downvotes very strange and unique to this site, not to speak of the use of the downvotes itself by the users.
  • 1 0
 @SJP: Interesting paper. Great read. Worth noting that the theoretical explanations brought forward for the decline in homicide rates over the past few centuries are: the "civilizing process", social control, state control, and "culture". No causal connection is made with wealth of society or income (in)equality as far as I could see. In my opinion, the theory you postulated is not confirmed by this essay.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: I have not postulated any theory.
  • 2 2
 @SJP: you stated that "Violent crime was dramatically higher when the world was a lot poorer, and the real income distribution a lot flatter." Whether you consider that a theory, a hypothesis or a fact doesn’t matter for the issue at hand.

I responded with the observation that Eisner, Manual, "Long-Term Historical Trends in Violent Crime", Crime and Justice, Vol. 30, 2003, does not confirm said theory / hypothesis / "fact".

Being the scholar that you are, I had expected a more substantive and intelligent riposte.
  • 2 0
 @Ttimer: How date you inform people and show them that right wing media is brainwashing them into believing that everything is getting worse?
  • 1 2
 @Ttimer: the more laws you make, the more laws people will break.
I read in the news the other day they are going to make a new specific law to cover the sending of dick pics. Now I've never sent or received a photo of someone's dick, but at the same time, out of the 8 billion people alive, 4bn have dicks. Literally everyone on the planet who isn't blind has seen a dick. Why do we need a law to cover dick pics? If you get a dick pic, why don't you just delete it? Is that so hard? No pun intended.
How about other parts of the anatomy? Eye pics? Finger pics? Knee pics?
It's absolutely absurd.
If everything is illegal, crime will go through the roof. It's just probability.
  • 38 0
 This s**t is becoming all too common. Friendly reminder for STRAVA users, make sure you have a privacy bubble setup around your home location so no one can pinpoint where you start and stop rides (if leaving from your house or where ever your bikes and equipment are located)...not that it would have help here.
  • 7 0
 Right. Same way it's not good to have your home address in your car sat nav/gps.
  • 2 0
 Third article in less than a week about thefts. It’s gotten really old.
  • 1 0
 And not forgetting Trail Forks... Go to your settings and then it's about half way down the page.
  • 39 0
 What kind of scum steals first aid supplies?
  • 18 0
 War zone players?
  • 8 1
 A road cyclist!
  • 2 0
 Bay City Rollers
  • 1 1
 Probably got a scratch breaking in. At least they may have left some DNA behind
  • 2 0
 someone who doesn't want to kill a fly
  • 43 7
 DANNY HART GOT ROBBED!
  • 15 8
 Too soon, pal.
  • 34 6
 Bullshit. chop their hand off when you find them, it might put them off stealing again
  • 12 19
flag moondustdictator (Nov 16, 2021 at 12:22) (Below Threshold)
 jeez you english blokes are talking like your great great great granddaddys would about this lol.
  • 28 1
 Lets just send them to a penal colony in the remotest corner of the Indian Ocean!
  • 3 0
 @Ttimer: great idea except some people like penals
  • 2 0
 @Ttimer: Christmas Island?
  • 24 0
 @moondustdictator: Did you just say "English bloke" to a man located in New Zealand?
  • 3 1
 Don't forget their dicks that way they don't get to procreate more thieves.
  • 7 4
 Find them, they (police) probably know who done it already but Are too scared to go near them Incase they get prosecuted for arresting them!
This country is a joke and these dickheads know it so why would they stop stealing when we let them get away with it!
  • 1 1
 That's a very antipodean reaction to property theft.
  • 3 3
 @nickfranko: all the queens land bud
  • 4 1
 @mattmatthew: do they like penal coladas? And getting caught in the rain?
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer: port arthur in Tasmania will be allright
  • 2 0
 @moondustdictator: Jeez your a clever bloke. What school did ya go to?
  • 20 1
 There’s a special place in hell for the selfish ba$t@Ed’s that would gut something like this. Unfortunately theft ramps up this time of year. Fingers crossed they are caught… or attempt to stop a buss with their collective faces.
Please post up if the park starts a go fund me page.
  • 6 0
 There is a gofundme page. Here it is: www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-park-get-back-up-running
  • 1 0
 @noakeabean: Schweet! Thx!!
  • 17 1
 What the f*ck is going on in GB lately?? So many bikes stolen, people robbed etc. Even Geraint Thomas got his Pinarello nicked. Richardson got mugged by people with machetes? www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/cyclist-attack-richmond-park-bike-stolen-b1934635.html
  • 27 0
 This sort of thing has always been a problem. Nearly all BMX clubs had club bikes and equipment stolen. The UK has a really bad case of little cunts who like to take what's not theirs.
  • 12 23
flag Sethimus (Nov 16, 2021 at 10:43) (Below Threshold)
 brexit
  • 18 16
 unfortunately, this looks remarkably similar to the work of gypsys/travellers - 2 cases I've seen very much the same in the last month
  • 8 0
 To be fair, Thomas was in France.
  • 15 2
 @blackapturphoto: funny how you're getting down voted for stating hard truths, probably by people not from the UK - go and find the local pikey camp and you'll probly find the kids playing with some of this stuff, the rest will have already been moved on, they're notorious for it.
  • 4 1
 To be fair, shit is getting really crazy in the States too. It's ugly. You literally can't leave your bike on your car even when it's locked to the rack, and I'm not talking about anything dumb like overnight. It's anytime!
  • 4 0
 @blackapturphoto: you aren't allowed to say that but...

This sounded quite organised though so who knows.
  • 4 0
 @mybaben: Yep, I live in Silicon Valley. My car has been broken into four times in last three years. One break-in was at the trailhead when I was riding. All break-ins were in really safe historically low crime suburban neighborhoods. In Santa Cruz and SF, the criminals are stealing bikes and other stuff from cars at stop lights.
  • 12 1
 Impunity. Impunity is what's going on. They know police won't do shit and even if they get caught, there won't be real consequences.
  • 1 0
 Chav Activities
  • 1 0
 @mybaben:

GTA was very prescient
  • 1 0
 @iiman: if I catch I them will deal some real justice with the chain saws
  • 4 1
 @ctd07: the caravan it's for me ma
  • 3 7
flag the00 (Nov 16, 2021 at 21:57) (Below Threshold)
 @blackapturphoto: Sounds like some bigoted bullsh1t, you have zero proof. Not everyone who lives in caravans is guilty of theft.

In the UK it is corrupt board room bosses and politician's friends who steal the most. They also create and maintain the wealth imbalance that can make small crimes like this appealing to the desperate.
  • 3 0
 @weebleswobbles: do you like dags?
  • 4 4
 @the00: in the UK if you don't have a job is because you don't fancy, f*ck, in London you don't even need to speak english to land a job.
Now, stealing is way easier...
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy: sounds like there have been some recent changes...
  • 6 0
 @the00:
you steal a little,they throw you in jail
you steal alot, they make you king
Bob Dylan

utube documentary The Spiders Web
  • 1 0
 @sonuvagun: Yeah. In the past few years a lot policy changes that have changed the area for the worse. However, before that it has been getting worse for last couple of decades. Born, raised, and live in Silicon Valley area and it is much worse than when I grew up here. The political landscape is not so good, but on the upside the weather is good. Lol.
  • 2 1
 @tacklingdummy: Something tells me the President's insistence that it's white supremacy that is "the most lethal threat to the homeland" doesn't jive with your first hand experiences.
But that California sun.....maaaaaan that must make up for a lot.
  • 1 0
 @IRC: There are also too many people who buy something 2nd hand at a "bargain" price that fuel these walkers.
  • 1 0
 My sincere apologies clearly I meant wankers.
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 @iiman: Pick For Britain!
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 @sonuvagun: Well, able to ride all year long, so that is a big bonus.
  • 10 0
 Good grief! I saw something earlier where Guerilla Gravity's showroom got cleaned out. My LBS owner was telling me about another owner friend of his in Austin who had taken to sitting in his shop with a shotgun at night. I guess that's what it takes.
  • 5 3
 Oh, no. You should warn your buddy in Austin that @wingguy says guns do not deter theft. It was a good thought though. haha..

I thought you'd get a kick out of this @badbadleroybrown
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 @gooded: I think we just found a new DCA
  • 8 1
 If they're stealing that wide an array of equipment and supplies then they must have well-trod avenues to move all those things. It'd be interesting to learn how fast these items are unloaded/offloaded, to whom, and based on what conditions.
But such people are a cancer on society, they will, till their dying days, see it as their right to take from others. I see mob justice as the only fair sentence should they ever be apprehended.
  • 8 0
 So gutted, I had my birthday here this summer and it was one of the best weekends I've had. I hate people like this, all your stealing is someone's hard work and other people's fun, like come on guys...
  • 7 1
 just had my revel stolen. i'm shocked that as expensive as these bike are getting that gps tags are not being included therein the body. by no means am i passing off blame. Im gutted about my bike and want to rip the criminal's head off. When the feelings subside, however, i'd like to try and trace my bike the way I can my dog...i suppose i can add a tile...
  • 2 1
 If you want to pay extra for your bike to have an easily disabled gimmick like a GPS tracker, Tile or similar, it's easy enough to add one yourself, they have been available for years. If it's a GPS unit, don't forget to keep the batteries charged, and the subscription plan active. But any self respecting bike thief will find and disable it in minutes, so I would rather save the money to spend on insurance instead.
  • 6 0
 In my opinion theft isn't punished hard enough anymore in this part of the world. When you break it down, every item you buy or build isn't just paid for with money. You basically invest your lifetime into every Cent you earn, and when someone takes a valuable possession of yours, like a bike, that's a good chunk of my lifetime you stole from me, if it took me a year or more to save up for that part.
  • 6 0
 The only crime police are serious about in the UK is breach of Covid rules. You could have HD footage, track the stolen goods to an address, know exactly who did it and the police would still not intervene. Yet if out of desperation you took matters into your hands they would be straight after you. We have certain groups of communities here in the UK, if they commit a crime against you, rather than prosecute the first advice the police give is not proceed as they will not be able to protect you against the threats and intimidation.
  • 5 1
 No wonder it got nicked, its in a prime location that no one is gonna disturb em, it looks to be in amongst woodlands, perfect for theives and you can bet they will be back knowing you have restocked, for the theives this is happy days, and the reason to always assume someone at some time is gonna try and steal it. Sad as it may be, theives, oppurtunists are everywhere are they don't give a shit they do not care, they would happily steal the pension of your blind granny if the opportunity arose, and sleep sound with no conscience of it in the day.
  • 9 3
 Unfortunately in the uk we are plagued with thief’s who tow caravans..
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 It's for me ma
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 Sounds like some bigoted bullsh1t. Not everyone who lives in caravans is guilty of theft. And let's be honest that in the UK it is corrupt board room bosses and politician's friends who steal the most.
  • 1 0
 @the00: Read his post again- it said "tow caravans" not "live in".
  • 3 1
 @the00: I’ve have had tools stolen from certain community of people , so let’s be honest if it hasn’t happened to you then keep your opinions to your self , I’m getting sick of politically correct people ..!,
  • 2 0
 @goranga: I've had bikes and tools stolen this year, so I gratefully acknowledge your permission for me to continue sharing my opinions, politically correct or inclusive as they may be.
  • 5 0
 Yeah that's just what's going to happen when the police and the legal authorities get soft.
  • 8 1
 It's not so much soft as lack of numbers due to chronic underfunding by "The Party Of Law & Order". The only time you see a police car in the UK these days is if it's going somewhere. You could get away with a lot right now.
  • 12 7
 At least Rob a large corporation ffs
  • 2 0
 Really hope they had insurance, but not sure how insurance companies would cover something like bike park tools. Hope you find some of the more expensive stuff, Danny. Wishing you all the best.
  • 1 0
 @Sethimus: even if they are covered, those tools won't be replaced for a while. We've been waiting for some Park Tools for nearly a year...
  • 2 0
 @jesses-g scrolled down to say the same, other than the typical: this is terrible, rabble rabble...
  • 1 4
 @jesses-g they've actually changed their name to Still in many markets.
  • 2 0
 @the00: no, that have not.
  • 3 0
 They didn’t take everything, they left an Orange.

Sorry about the scum Danny, some people don’t have the legs to do the work. Hope you get a good response
  • 3 0
 Probably an organised break in just for the chains, links and brake pads, and stole the rest to make it look like random chavs.
  • 1 0
 Mother. F••kers.

Sorry about what happened. Donation made. Shared to Facebook.

I’d rib you about insurance and security, but I am guessing that is not what you need right now.

Pony up Pinkbike. A lot of a little adds up.

Good luck.
  • 2 0
 Sorry from Italy, where my lbs has been rammed overnight with a stolen van, the bikes taken away on a second stolen van. And where insurance companies cover a bike shop only if it's armoured like Fort Knox.
  • 2 0
 this is the prelude for the next fast and furious movie. an international band of thieves hijacking bikes and trailbuilding equipment around the world. Keep an eye our for Dom Toretto at any EWS races.
  • 1 0
 November 13 2020 I had a brand new Santa Cruz Bronson delivered to my garage (I live in a flat 80m away), the courier put the bike in the garage, my wife signed for the bike. I came home around 3:30pm took the Bronson out of the box put the pedals on it and locked it to the wall in the garage at about 5:30pm. Went to the garage the following morning at 7:30am and a big hole had been smashed out of the back garage wall and the Bronson and a Canyon E-MTB stolen as well, burglars left behind a sledgehammer and a jemmy and they snipped a Spot Tracker off the Canyon and left it behind.
Stif MTB in Harrogate put it on their Facebook page (around 15 November 2020). The Police interviewed the courier and they reckoned they had been followed. The Bronson and the Canyon never seen again. Insurance paid up for both bikes but to renew the insurance this time cost £350 for one bike !
  • 1 0
 THIS is really sad to hear. SOME people are such pieces of shit ppl work so hard for something to only be stolen from them. I hope they catch these fuck heads and bury them half way use them as trail markers. SORRY to hear the bad news Danny keep your head up.
  • 1 0
 people look at the site, maybe you can find your bike. Here 90% of bicycles are stolen from Europe. I worked as a mechanic in a bicycle shop. thieves brought me expensive bicycles. I refused to collect and repair stolen bicycles. I know that there are many stolen bicycles in my camp. Please pay attention. and do not leave them unpunished. Thanks.
  • 6 2
 Nicked...the park got nicked...it's the uk remember...
  • 8 0
 LOL. No, nicked is when it's "taken". You can't nick the park. The tools and supplies were nicked! Wink
  • 2 1
 @mybaben: dang and my family is Scottish...you'd think I'd be down with the brit slang
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 @preach: Scotts are Brits?! nae laddy!
  • 2 0
 @mybaben: Cheers for correcting him bruv ;-)
  • 2 0
 I hope the thieves get nicked too!
  • 2 0
 @ridestuff: Nah, Scots are British - we just aren't English! Its the UK that there is discussion about leaving!
Britain is the island itself, the UK is the union between the 4 countries.
  • 2 0
 @Grealdo: Cheers mate!
  • 2 0
 @preach: LOL. It's all good.
  • 1 0
 If u have cameras def overlook there is no way this person jus pulled up and took the stuff def had to have a plan to take that much stuff ...so they def cased the place befor did it
  • 3 1
 Theft in the UK is a huge issue right now. Probably to do with the useless, self serving police force.
  • 1 0
 Dude, how can you rob such a kind human being as Danny Hart is... There must be an exclusive circle in hell for that kind of shit.
  • 1 0
 whoever they are they deserve proper punishment, break them in to small pieces, some one is worked hard and they destroyed it.
  • 4 1
 Roadies!
  • 2 1
 Shouldn’t be an issue as long as it was all adequately insured…..Daaaaannnnyyyyy!
  • 1 1
 But the insurance payout will take a while to come, in the meantime the business still needs to make money to be viable...
  • 3 0
 death to bike thieves
  • 2 1
 Hikers for-sure caused this one you can see trackers…

Don’t let a single hiker live.
  • 2 0
 yah I blame hikers for this also look at the foot prints.
  • 2 1
 Does he not have insurance? Why the gofundme if he'd recoup his losses through insurance?
  • 1 0
 Lets keep making bikes and gear more expensive. Sounds like a great idea.....what's the worst that can happen?
  • 2 1
 Ring up Gwinny, I hear hes got millions. it would be the christian thing to do.
  • 1 1
 I get the bike industry is whack thanks to COVID, but damn people are impatient.
  • 1 0
 They left the fly killer spray
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 Inside job?!
  • 1 0
 Hey UK, we call that a Tuesday.
  • 3 2
 go rural. just don't bring your dog shit permisive politics with you
  • 1 0
 A good thief is a dead thief! Period!
  • 1 0
 They even took the chocolate bars the savagery
  • 1 0
 Fucking cunts! I'm gutted for Danny and the whole team there!
  • 2 0
 Stihl
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 Broken Heart for Danny Hart, it sucks.
  • 2 1
 This is why America has guns and lots of them!
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 The biking comunity has no room/acceptance for theives.
  • 1 0
 Yo looked this olx.com.ua many stolen bikes
  • 1 0
 In europe, this man sale your bike no fear people((((((
  • 1 0
 where was his guard dog!
  • 1 0
 Lower than low.
  • 1 0
 Look pleace
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 Is it an indoor park? Looks small.
  • 2 2
 You mean the cabins/sheds where they store their tools looks small?
  • 3 0
 Can they read good?
  • 1 0
 @mammal: I thought that was the indoor park as there wasn’t any pictures of the actual park.
  • 5 0
 @jclnv: I got a laugh. Take an upvote you handsome idiot.
  • 5 1
 What is this?! A bikepark for ants!!!
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 99% they are Romanians
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 My first thought was fraud or revenge by someone Danny's father had pissed off. I have zero proof for either of those ideas too.
  • 5 0
 Voted up for keeping it real. But don't dismiss the abilities of the pikeys...
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