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Hello fellow cyclists,

For any of you cycling between Summerfield Park in Winson Green and Harborne, using the Harborne walkway, then you might have been aware of some recent bike muggings this summer that are very similar to those by the canals in Acocks Green last year.

I had one run in with a gang of gormless looking Pakistani teenagers in August where they were blocking the path and being generally intimidating.

On Friday 13th October I was cycling along the same pathway towards Summerfield park and saw 8 lanky gormless looking idiots walking towards me and move to one side to apparently let me past. But no, one of them then grabbed my arm and tried to pull me off, whilst the rest of them burst into a chorus of aggressive noise like something from Lord of the Flies. I managed to stay upright and circled around via roads to see if I could get a picture of them from a previous bridge.

As I got to the bridge two cyclists were calling the police because they had heard screaming. In the space of fifteen minutes they had already tried to kick another guy from his bike, and had successfully mugged a woman of hers. 

I have worked with such youth before and have a good idea what is going on in their depressing tiny heads. However this is the first time I have experienced a youth actually laying their hands on me. I'm late forties and that's quite unprecedented.

The pattern of attacks occurs out of school times, so it appears the walkway is fine during weekday mornings. 

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You almost wish for wind and rain, then at least you have the place to yourself.

I cannot help but feel that people are intimidated by such events, and so revert to cycling on the road, where we face other horrendous risks, equally out of our control.

We are teetering on having to accept there are no go spots around the city. The same happened when I lived near Toxteth back in the early 1980s. Once such an area had been established by the local male youth, the subsequent "solution" was not pretty.

4 youths armed with a hammer robbed someone's bike at 4pm today. Source Harborne Community Group on Facebook.

I don't use the walkway at all but, hammer or not, they do NOT want to meet me I promise you !  Never judge a book by its cover.  I don't take prisoners.

The hardest bloke I ever knew beat up four blokes in a nightclub toilet. It was quite something to watch. There was blood everywhere.

I have yet to see any man beat up a group of eight to ten gang members, armed with knives and hammers. You do however hear of heroic middle aged men having heart attacks as they are slowly worn down by the twenty of so fists the average gang has.

I can't see this ending well for the perpetrators. They're so desperate for the fame they're not covering their tracks too well. Whilst it's being sorted out however it's up to individuals to decide whether or not they want to run the risk of regular direct confrontation with a bunch of little gangster twats trying to impress their older role models in Winson Green prison. For now, it's easier to get my exercise somewhere else, and let them dig their own graves.

You almost wish for wind and rain, then at least you have the place to yourself.

I cannot help but feel that people are intimidated by such events, and so revert to cycling on the road, where we face other horrendous risks, equally out of our control.

We are teetering on having to accept there are no go spots around the city. The same happened when I lived near Toxteth back in the early 1980s. Once such an area had been established by the local male youth, the subsequent "solution" was not pretty.

What time was this ? I went that way Friday. Always wary of using it as it's pretty much isolated

Hi Ian - 5.40pm. They have a knack of looking fairly neutral, but then suddenly becoming aggressive.

Ian said:

What time was this ? I went that way Friday. Always wary of using it as it's pretty much isolated

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