The Green Bicycle Mystery

The Green Bicycle Mystery

This year marks the centenary of Leicester's most notorious cold case - the murder of  Bella Wright

GB arriving at Castle

Leicester remembers

On a cloudy summer evening in 1919, near the quiet Leicestershire village of Little Stretton, a young woman named Bella Wright was killed. 

Witnesses saw only a mysterious man riding a green bicycle. 

This unsolved case is considered one of Britain’s most infamous of the 20th century. Yet, it continues to be a subject that triggers curiosity. 

To commemorate the centenary of Leicester’s most notorious cold case, heritage organisations throughout the city have united to tell the story of those involved. 

Over the year (July 2019 – June 2020) there will be a travelling exhibition alongside a series of talks, tours and activities relating to various aspects of the case and life in 1919. 

We hope you will join us in remembering Bella Wright and the Green Bicycle Mystery.  

DMU Heritage Centre exhibition

In partnership with Leicestershire Police, this exhibition marks the beginning of centenary activity. 

The sole suspect linked to Bella’s death was acquitted in 1920.

Since then, more information has been discovered, including witness testimonies, an unauthorised confession and personal police notes, creating new questions and speculations. 

These documents are included in this exhibition, which shares the stories of those involved and provides a summary of the events as they unfolded.

The exhibition also explores life in 1919, setting the scene for the Green Bicycle Mystery, and encourages visitors to question if the jury’s verdict would be different had the event taken place today. 



Sunday, 18 August - Rex vs Ronald Light

Cyclists can join the Ride Leicester festival. On Sunday, from 2pm, meet at Leicester Town Hall and follow the route of the Green Bicycle case from Ronald Light's home to the canal and courtroom in early 20th century Leicester. Once at Leicester Castle courtroom, join the jury and legal experts, spaces will be limited but available to ride participants as a priority. 

Afterwards, the Heritage Centre will be open (approx 4-5pm) to visit the exhibition.

Check this page regularly for event updates including:   

Author and historian talks

Curator talks

Walking tours

Cycling tours 


Leicester City Council's Open Streets event commemorates the Green Bicycle Mystery on Sunday. This Facebook page has all the information.

Open Streets is supported by Ride Leicester, British Cycling, Sustrans East Midlands, Choose How You Move Leicester & Leicestershire, Townscape Heritage Project, King Richard III Visitor Centre , Leicester Cathedral and Leicester Markets.


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