'Ghost bike' tribute to cyclist killed in Croydon crash disappears
A 'GHOST bike' tribute to a cyclist killed in a car crash in the summer has mysteriously disappeared – devastating his mother.
The memorial had been padlocked to railings near Archbishop Lanfranc School, in Mitcham Road, to mark the death of tube driver Neil Turner, 31, from Cudham, Kent.
Cycling campaigners thought the bike, put up after Mr Turner's death in July, had been taken to make way for roadworks.
But Croydon Council said on Tuesday it had no word of its workers or contractors removing the bike.
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Neil's mother Beryl told the Advertiser: "We spread his ashes here in October and then we went down to look at it, so that was the last time we went up there.
"What a dreadful thing for people to do.
"I hope they do find out what has happened to it because that is terrible. It was so thoughtful of people to do that [put the bike there in the first place]."
Kristian Gregory, of the Croydon Cycling Campaign, who installed the bike in late July, said he was the only person with keys to the bike's heavyweight lock and he had placed notices on the bike with contact details in case authorities needed to remove it.
He said: "If it has been removed by workers, they have not followed the procedure, as they are supposed to consult with us and let us know they are going to do it."
In a stark reminder of the dangers of the accident spot, a car parked next to where the memorial had been secured was hit by a passing vehicle early on Friday. On Monday night, its bonnet was still lodged into a tree on the pavement, awaiting repairs.
A police spokesman said officers had been called to the site on Friday about the damaged car, but had not received any reports about the bike.
The white-painted two-wheeler was donated by Maurice Burton, a former British cycling champion who now runs De Ver Cycles bike shop in Streatham.
He told the Advertiser this week he had no news of the bike, but recalled why the project was close to his heart.
Mr Burton said: "They contacted me and it is not nice to learn a cyclist has been killed.
"I've come close to it myself."
Cyclists are campaigning for improved safety measures on Mitcham Road, following the crash.