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.
|I’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.
2 chain saws
2 leaf blowers
Park bike stand
Petrol power washer
100 percent goggles
2 track pumps
All sweets and drinks
All bike spares (tubes brake pads chains split links)
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.
But seriously, chain the crooks together in the woods, have them dig trails all day, and feed them only bread and water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, we no longer call them thieves, we call the Tories.
People really need some perspective.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
This country is a joke and these dickheads know it so why would they stop stealing when we let them get away with it!
Please post up if the park starts a go fund me page.
This sounded quite organised though so who knows.
GTA was very prescient
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.
Now, stealing is way easier...
you steal a little,they throw you in jail
you steal alot, they make you king
utube documentary The Spiders Web
But that California sun.....maaaaaan that must make up for a lot.
I thought you'd get a kick out of this @badbadleroybrown
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.
Sorry about the scum Danny, some people don’t have the legs to do the work. Hope you get a good response
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.
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 !
Britain is the island itself, the UK is the union between the 4 countries.
Don’t let a single hiker live.
Who are you, the Lethbridge Rocket?
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