Video: Manchester man challenges bicycle thieves with a baseball bat


Moment-enraged dad in his robe armed with a baseball bat chases away two thieves who try to steal his Yamaha motorcycle after being caught on the doorbell camera

  • Manchester’s Jason Clayton saw two thieves trying to steal his motorcycle
  • He confronted the two men in an incident captured with his doorbell camera
  • Mr. Clayton said the two men ran away when he appeared with a baseball bat
  • Two men were arrested after being tracked down by a police helicopter

This is when a father in his robe confronted two potential thieves when they appeared to be trying to steal his motorcycle.

Jason Clayton said he heard strange noises outside his home in Heywood, Greater Manchester, after his dogs woke him up around 2am on Monday.

He looked out the window and saw two men crouching next to his Yamaha Tracer bike with the guard removed.

Mr. Clayton decided to confront them – and it was all captured with the camera on his smart doorbell. In the clip he can be heard screaming: ‘Come here! Come on! Come on!’

Manchester’s Jason Clayton confronted a pair of thieves who tried to steal his Yamaha motorcycle from his driveway

Mr. Clayton said he was forced to leave his bicycle in a safe place after the attempted theft

Mr. Clayton said he was forced to leave his bicycle in a safe place after the attempted theft

Mr. Clayton said, “I just had so much adrenaline – you know when two people try to steal your bike, it’s yours and you want to protect it.”

Footage shows both men running away while Mr. Clayton – baseball bat in hand – yells at them. His son came out of the house too, armed with a golf club.

Mr. Clayton said, “One of them turned and waved something — it looked like a big machete.

“Then me and my son walked back to our house and called the police.”

After calling 999, Clayton said the police were arriving “in minutes.” Clearly, officers have found two teenagers in a vehicle related to the attempted theft. Police chased the car towards Chadderton, where it was found abandoned. Using a police helicopter, officers then hunted two suspects on foot.

They have been arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and have since been released under investigation.

Mr. Clayton said, “I have to give 100 percent praise to the police, they were fantastic. ‘You can’t fault what they did. The helicopter flew right over my house within minutes. ‘

Greater Manchester Police confirmed they had been called on for reports of an attempted theft of a motorcycle at the property.

A spokesperson for the force said: “Officers were present and a vehicle suspected of being involved was seen by officers and did not stop.

After a short chase, the vehicle was abandoned at Long Lane, Chadderton, and officers followed the suspects on foot with the help of colleagues from the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

‘Two [males], Aged 17 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary. They have been released pending further investigation. ‘

Investigation into the incident, including CCTV analysis, is ongoing.

Mr. Clayton said he resorted to storing the bike elsewhere – at a cost of hundreds of pounds – to keep it safe.

He said, ‘My wife and I are hard working people – it just really pisses you off about things like this. “It’s been hard to get a good night’s sleep ever since.”