Friend no­ticed stolen road bike in Knaphill

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Af­ter hear­ing of Lau­ren’s plight, driv­ing in­struc­tor Phil Gun­ney amaz­ingly spot­ted what he be­lieved to be her stolen racer just a day later, at around 3.30pm on Mon­day last week, while he was out tak­ing a les­son in Black­horse Road, Knaphill.

“We were just com­ing to the end of the les­son when I spot­ted a tall lad push­ing a bike along the pave­ment when I thought, ‘hang on, that’s Lau­ren’s bike’,” Mr Gun­ney said.

“I shouted ‘Stop, Stop, Stop’ [to his pupil] and the poor girl must have thought she had done some­thing ter­ri­bly wrong when I got out of the car and ran off up the road.”

Mr Gun­ney, 46, who is good friends with Lau­ren af­ter teach­ing her to drive while also be­long­ing, hand­ily, to the same cy­cling club, con­fronted the youth with the bike and told him he knew it had been stolen and knew of its right­ful owner, only to be told the bike had been ‘bought for £50 yes­ter­day’.

Af­ter threat­en­ing to call the po­lice the youth fled, said Phil, leav­ing him to place the bike in the car, in­form Lau­ren of its safe re­trieval and con­tinue with the les­son. All in a day’s work.

“It’s the kind of thing you look back on and think, ‘I could’ve ended up in the canal there’.

“Thank good­ness for my shaved head,” he said.

Ms God­save added: “I’m so glad it was Phil that found it. If I had seen him [the youth] with my bike, I prob­a­bly would have just stood there and cried at him.”

She has owned the bike for five years and uses it part-time for De­liv­eroo, while also tak­ing it on ad­ven­tures around Europe to Spain and the French Alps and, more re­cently, Wales.

“When you have some­thing like that taken from you it in­stantly be­comes more sen­ti­men­tal,” she said.

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