On the subject of bike theft, I had my brand new mountain bike stolen from outside a shop in Hackney one night. A bloke who was part of a group jumped on it and rode off. I ran out into the street to see the rest of the group driving off in a mini-cab and jeering at me! I went back into the shop and asked about their CCTV which was pretty comprehensive. Then I waited at the mini-cab office for the return of the driver who was soon back and asked him for the details of the address where he had taken this group too, which turned out to be residential not far away. I then traipsed along to the police station with all this information and expected some kind of promt action. I mentioned that the group involved might have been travellers and was then questioned about my attitudes to travellers!! Anyway the police did absolutely nothing and gave me a crime number for insurance purposes, that is all they are most of the time a crime recording organisation and nothing more.