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A group of thugs dragged a motorcyclist from his £9000 superbike and made off with it during rioting in London yesterday.

The victim was Andy Burt, 47 who was riding his CB1000R home from work yesterday in central London when thugs attacked and stole his bike. Andy who is married and a father of two said "I was warned before I left the office about trouble in Brixton and Lewisham, but I hadn’t heard anything about Peckham, which is on my usual route home''.

"When I got there, I saw a load of people standing in the road and a pizza delivery bike on its side. I thought there had been a road accident and stopped. The next thing I knew, someone shoved me hard from behind and pushed me and the bike over sideways.

"I was dragged away from the bike by youths in hoodies. I don’t know exactly how many but at least half a dozen. In the struggle one of them tried to take my rucksack but didn’t manage it.

"Then they ran off and some bystanders ushered me away to a safer place at the other side of the road.

"Someone tried to get the bike up and failed. They basically couldn’t lift it. Then I tried to go back to it. I don't really know why. I obviously didn't think very much.

"As I went to pick it up, I got dragged away and onto the ground again. One guy who must have been about six foot, wearing a brown hoodie, shouted at me to stay back. Then he picked it up and before I knew it he was riding away with a pillion.

"They rode towards south Peckham and I haven’t seen it since. At that point I decided to get out of there."

 And, a business manager from Rochester said there didnt appear to be a single police officer in the are.

"I walked all the way back to the office and by the time I got there, the same burning bus was on the news."

Burt only bought the naked superbike a month ago for £7500 second-hand. Because the keys were in the ignition when it was stolen, his insurer has said the case must be reviewed before any compensation is paid. 

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