A SICK thief stole an injured cyclist's bike just moments after he had been knocked down by a car.
Paul Seyfang, 65, says he came off his bike while travelling home from work along Rainsford Road on Thursday when a car suddenly pulled out and struck him outside the County Hotel.
But as the businessman stood shaking in the road with a bruised arm, and blood soaking his socks from a gash on the knee, he turned around to find his £2,000 bike had been taken.
"I knew people could be truly horrible but I didn't realise someone would do something quite as sick as that," said the director of CCS Windscreens.
"I was travelling to my home in Chelmsford when a car pulled out of the County Hotel without looking in my direction.
"I was hit square on, the middle of his bumper forcing myself and my bike to the ground and the car still proceeding forward over the top of me before eventually stopping. I thought I was going to die.
"But when I turned back to reassess the damage to my bicycle I realised that as I stood there bleeding and shaking from a head-on collision, some despicable person had stolen it."
The business owner has been cycling Chelmsford's streets all his life and is all too aware of the dangers to cyclists as he commutes to his offices in Broomfield each day.
"I still do water-skiing and water-boarding and neither of those is as dangerous as cycling," he said.
"But I never expected that I would need to lock up my bike after being involved in an accident. The police officers who attended said they'd never heard of anything like it before."
Paul did not require hospital treatment for his injuries but is keen to be reunited with his bike, which police are also looking for.
"After living in Chelmsford for all my life I feel so sad that this type of person now resides in our fair city," added Paul, who was born in Broomfield and spent much of his life living in Writtle.
A police spokesperson said: "Police are investigating after a bike was stolen from a man on Rainsford Road, Chelmsford.
"The victim, a 65-year-old male cyclist, had been involved in a collision at 5.30pm on August 15 with a car when a thief took the opportunity to steal the bike.
"The bike was a white Marin Rocky Ridge Hard Tail with a buckled front wheel."
Anyone with information is urged to contact police at Chelmsford on 101.