Accident victim's bike stolen as he lay injured
WHEN Glenn Hawkins lay injured after a serious accident in Bristol city centre, the last thing he was expecting was to become a victim of crime.
But that's exactly what happened when a man posing as a good Samaritan offered to move Mr Hawkins' expensive motorbike – but stole it instead.
Mr Hawkins broke a collar bone, punctured a lung and cracked two ribs when a cyclist rode out in front of him on Bond Street.
To make matters worse, as he lay injured a passer-by pretended to lend a hand by moving Mr Hawkins' beloved £8,000 Kawasaki, which still had the keys in the ignition, before riding off.
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Construction manager Mr Hawkins, 35, was on his way to get the 600cc machine serviced and was driving away from St James Barton roundabout towards the M32, in the bus lane, at about 10.30am last Wednesday.
As he came alongside Cabot Circus, the other lanes of the road were busy with traffic.
Despite the lights at a pedestrian crossing being green for vehicles and red for pedestrians, a cyclist crossed the road and Mr Hawkins was unable to avoid a collision.
Speaking yesterday from his hospital bed, Mr Hawkins told the Post: "I came off my bike and skidded along the road. When I got up I said 'Where's my bike?' and I was told someone had stolen it.
"I was pretty annoyed, and that's putting it lightly.
"If I had got hold of him, he would have ended up in the hospital bed next to me.
"Now I just want to get my bike back. If anyone sees it, or the thief who stole it, I would really appreciate it if they called the police as soon as possible."
Mr Hawkins, of Clarendon Road, Redland, has been riding bikes since he was a teenager.
He bought the bike – a green and black Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R – about a month ago for £8,000.
He was so proud of his bike, registration WM12 KKH, that he captioned a picture of it on social networking site Facebook as "my baby".
Mr Hawkins spent five days in the Bristol Royal Infirmary, including his birthday, has already missed almost a week of work, and is expecting to be off for another fortnight at least while his broken bones heal.
Mr Hawkins added: "I might need physio and more treatment, so I don't know when I'll be able to ride a motorbike again."
As well as the broken bones, Mr Hawkins had to have four stitches in his left leg and suffered painful friction burns.
The cyclist escaped uninjured, but was shaken up.
Avon and Somerset police spokesman Martin Dunscombe said: "While Mr Hawkins was being treated, someone offered to help move his motorcycle out of the way and then rode off on it in the direction of Portland Square.
"The suspect is described as a black man with a stocky build and wearing a black and white hooded top.
"Despite an extensive search of the area by local response officers, the stolen motorbike was not located.
"Other enquiries, including the examination of CCTV, are underway to identify the person responsible and return the bike to the owner."
Anyone with information on the incident should contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101, quoting reference 83651/12.