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Police use anti-theft bike stamp to identify injured Stratford rider

Stratford Editorial 23rd Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

POLICE were able to identify a cyclist airlifted to hospital following an accident through his bike.

The man in his 50s was flown to hospital after suffering a serious head injury following a crash with a car in Stratford.

Emergency services were called to Seven Meadows Road around shortly before 10am on Monday (January 18).

The victim was treated by paramedics before being airlifted to University Hospital in Coventry.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The victim was treated for a serious head injury and given pain relief. He received specialist trauma care to stabilise his condition, was immobilised and airlifted to University Hospital.”

Although the cyclist was not carrying any ID on him, police were able to identify him from his bike which had been stamped with an anti-theft QR  number.

A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: “Each QR code has unique number which relates to the person registering the cycle.

“The cycle and the owners details are then put on a database should the cycle be stolen and, or recovered.

“In this case, it was needed to obtain the details of the male who had been involved in the collision so the police were able to carry out checks and inform his family. We wish him a fast recovery.”

The driver of the car was uninjured.

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