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This is the moment a would-be bike theft threatened a member of the public who confronted him in the street in Cambridge.

Blake Healy, 25,of Victoria Road in Cambridge, threatens a member of public who confronted him as he tried to steal a bike in Hobson Street, Cambridge on June 20. Picture: Cambs police / CCTV (48516183)
Blake Healy, 25,of Victoria Road in Cambridge, threatens a member of public who confronted him as he tried to steal a bike in Hobson Street, Cambridge on June 20. Picture: Cambs police / CCTV (48516183)

Blake Healy, of Victoria Road in Cambridge, has been jailed for his crimes, which also included attempting to headbutt and bite the police officer who came to arrest him.

The 25-year-old was spotted lifting the seat from a bike in Hobson Street on the afternoon of Sunday June 20 in an attempt to break the chain and steal the bike.

A woman confronted him, but he brandished the saddle at her to confront her, causing her to run into the road - almost into the path of a bus.

The woman called police and Cambridge City Council’s shared CCTV service followed Healy until police caught up with him in Sidney Street.

It was while he was being arrested that he attempted to headbutt and bite an officer.

Blake Healy, 25,of Victoria Road in Cambridge, threatens a member of public who confronted him as he tried to steal a bike in Hobson Street, Cambridge on June 20. Picture: Cambs police / CCTV (48516181)
Blake Healy, 25,of Victoria Road in Cambridge, threatens a member of public who confronted him as he tried to steal a bike in Hobson Street, Cambridge on June 20. Picture: Cambs police / CCTV (48516181)

Healy was jailed for 16 weeks by Peterborough magistrates on Monday (June 21), after pleading guilty to attempted bike theft, common assault of an emergency worker and using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear.

Insp Ed McNeil said: “Thanks to this member of the public and the partnership we have with CCTV operators, we were able to catch Healy and put him before the courts. His sentence reflects how threatening members of the public, assaulting emergency workers and stealing is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

As the woman flees, she nearly runs into the path of a bus. Picture: Cambs police / CCTV (48516292)
As the woman flees, she nearly runs into the path of a bus. Picture: Cambs police / CCTV (48516292)

“This case does highlight the importance of investigating in a good quality lock. We’d also ask bike owners to register their bikes after purchase and if it gets stolen, report it so we can increase the chances of it being reunited.”

Further crime prevention advice can be found at https://bit.ly/3zQsena.

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