Olympic champion's bike is stolen

An Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist has had his bike stolen.

Philip Hindes, who topped the winner's podium at London 2012 in the Team Sprint alongside Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy, used the bicycle to train on.

It was taken, along with his car, in a raid on his home in West Didsbury, Manchester, sometime between last Thursday and Sunday.

Thieves smashed through patio doors and ransacked the house, which was unoccupied, during the burglary.

The thieves stole the bike along with the keys to a blue Volkswagen Golf which they drove off in.

The bike is described as being a Pinarello Paris which is red, white and blue and has a Sky sticker and Hindes' name on. It is used in training and was not the bike which Hindes rode when he won his Olympic medal.

Detective Constable Rob Southern, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "The reason we have publicised this theft is so that we can catch the people responsible and return the bike to its rightful owner. I would therefore ask anyone who is offered a bike matching this description and the image we have released to call police immediately.

"It might be the thieves try and offload the bike onto a sports memorabilia collector so I would urge anyone who is offered the chance to buy such a bike to call police immediately as you could be vital to helping get this bike back.

"I would also ask anyone who has information about the burglary itself, or who might have been involved, to come forward. The stolen car was found burnt out on Princess Parkway so again if you saw anything then we need to hear from you."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.