'Excuse me, that's my bike!'
A SWANSEA surgeon has described the moment he confronted this man riding a bicycle he said had been stolen two hours previously.
Nigel Hinds took a photo of the man on his mobile phone as he spoke to him on Saturday.
Mr Hinds said the man then left the scene.
There is no suggestion he was responsible for the theft but Mr Hinds would like him to assist police in their ongoing inquiries.
Mr Hinds had secured his Specialized bike and attached children's trailer outside Swansea's Central Library earlier that day.
He said he and his two young children had been in the building for around 40 minutes but when he returned the bike and children's trailer, which contained the trio's helmets and kids' fleeces, were gone.
"I was gutted," said the Morriston Hospital consultant neurosurgeon.
"If it was just my bike, I would have been annoyed, but the kids' stuff? I thought, 'How low can you go?'"
To cheer themselves up the family then went to Mumbles.
Mr Hinds then got another shock when his partner Clare Parrington spotted the £500 bike being ridden past the amusement arcade they were in at the time.
"I ran out, and I definitely knew it was my bike," said Mr Hinds, of Southgate.
"It had the yellow bit to attach, but was without the trailer. I started running alongside and looking at it."
The 47-year-old said he spoke to the rider and said he was sure the bike was his, and that he wanted to take a photograph to clear the matter up.
He said the rider told him it belonged to his brother.
Mr Hinds told him he was going to phone the police.
The surgeon said his children then appeared at the scene, at which point the man got off the bike and left.
Mr Hinds reported the matter to the police when they arrived a few minutes later and said he has supplied them with the photo.
He said officers also took a Lucozade bottle that the man had been drinking.
Mr Hinds said he was told there were CCTV cameras outside the library and that footage would be examined.
Although he has his bike back, the trailer, helmets and fleeces are still missing.
"It was the kids' stuff I was upset about," he said.
Inspector Esyr Jones, of South Wales Police, said officers were investigating the theft from outside the library, which took place at around 12.50pm on Saturday.
"Inquiries are still ongoing by local officers," he said.
If you can help, phone police on 101.