London now has its very own real-life superhero. He's called The Peddler, and his aim is to keep bike theft in the capital to an absolute minimum.
Superheroes have been a part of the entertainment history for decades. However, in the present day, the industry is bigger than ever. That is partly down to DC but let's be honest, it is mostly down to the work Marvel has put in by building its incredibly popular cinematic universe. Raise your hand if you can't wait for Avengers: Endgame to arrive next month.
Keep that hand raised if the thought of being a superhero yourself has ever crossed your mind. Probably a fair few of you. Sadly, we don't live in a world where we might get bitten by a radioactive spider, or at least we don't think we do. There are examples of heroes without superpowers having some success, but that usually requires you to have a lot of money so you can buy and create fancy gadgets.
Let's be honest, real-life examples of people trying to be superheroes can actually look pretty tragic. However, we may have found the first example of one who is pretty cool courtesy of Bored Panda. His name is The Peddler, and he has been prowling the streets of South London. As his name suggests, his niche is bike crime and preventing people from having their bikes stolen.
The masked, lycra-clad hero even has his own back story. The Peddler had his own bike stolen and failed to track it down. He did not have the same bad luck with his very first case, though. Mark had his bike stolen and thanks to some thorough detective work from The Peddler, he has since been reunited with it. The hero even confronted the thief and demanded he return the bike, which he apparently proceeded to do no questions asked.
Mark's bike is the only one The Peddler has successfully recovered so far, but he does claim to have prevented a number of bikes being stolen during his regular patrols. He has already appeared on a BBC radio show to answer questions and is also reachable via Reddit. You can ask him questions about his work on the forum and perhaps even alert him to a bike theft should you need any help.