I rang the police about an old Raleigh (esprit? spirit? something like that) that is sitting outside Chelsea cinema, clearly abandoned - knackered wheels, no handlebars, smashed mudguards, but a solid looking frame
the woman on the phone said that there shouldn't be any reason why you should get in trouble, as the person who owns it would have to report it stolen, something to do with if no-one owns the bike and it has been abandoned, it's not a theft, however she couldn't condone me taking it for obvious reasons and I should ring the council for advice
The council said that abandoned bikcycles have a notice stuck on them, then another however many weeks or months later, and then one day they are taken away and crushed if no-one claims them
I asked if I could be there when they cut the lock and have the bike, they said no, it has to be taken away and accounted for
One could ring up the council, pretend it's yours and that you lost the key to your lock. I can't condone someone stealing it. For obvious reasons
I say it's a victimless crime if ever there was one.
By the way, the one outside Chelsea cinema could easily be lifted oer the top of the signpost it's attahced to and wheeled home, I can't really be bothered with it now as I've got a new project now