Monday, 23 October 2017

Woman ‘gutted’ after theft of classic bike

A WOMAN is calling for help in retrieving an “irreplaceable” bicycle that was stolen from her shed.

A WOMAN is calling for help in retrieving an “irreplaceable” bicycle that was stolen from her shed.

Jo Williams, of Orchard Avenue, Sonning Common, believes the Marin Bobcat Trail that she has owned for more than 20 years was targeted.

It was taken, together with a £500 Merida bike, while she was away on holiday with husband Paul.

Their neighbours raised the alarm after noticing the couple’s shed was open last Friday morning.

Police were called and discovered the door had been removed by its hinges.

Mrs Williams, who returned from her week-long break the next day, said: “We’re gutted. I think it’s people who knew we weren’t here.

“I suspect they came and looked in the shed during the week because they came back with a screwdriver and unscrewed the hinges and didn’t break anything.

“I have no doubt they knew something was in there. They didn’t touch anything else — it was very much an case of ‘unscrew the door, get the bikes and get out’.”

The couple, who have a five-year-old daughter, used their bikes regularly.

Mrs Williams said: “It’s something we’ve both done for many years on and off. We’ve particularly done a lot of mountain biking.

“The Merida is one-year-old and is a decent quality bike. The other one I bought for about £300 more than 20 years ago.

“It’s probably worth the same now if someone wanted that particular bike. The shop I had it serviced at said it’s a classic because it’s from the days before mountain bikes had suspensions on them. I’ve done a lot with it and had a lot of trips out.”

She said they had done less cycling since their daughter was born but they were encouraging her to go cycling.

“Thankfully, we had her bike with us on holiday,” added Mrs Williams.

“At the end of the day, although it’s gutting and I’m particularly quite upset about my bike because it’s irreplacable, I’m glad no one got hurt.”

The Marin is silver-grey and metallic green and hasn’t suspension. It has gripshift gears and is fitted with a ladies saddle, toe clips, handlebar extensions, two water bottle holders, pump holder and cable and a holder for a bike computer.

The Merida os red and white nad has front suspension and hydraulic brakes.

Anyone with information should call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number, 101.

A WOMAN is appealing for the return of an “irreplaceable” bicycle that was stolen from her shed.

Jo Williams, of Orchard Avenue, Sonning Common, believes the Marin Bobcat Trail that she has owned for more than 20 years was targeted.

It was taken, together with a £500 Merida bike, while she was away on holiday with husband Paul. Their neighbours raised the alarm after noticing the couple’s shed was open last Friday morning.

Police were called and discovered the door had been removed by its hinges.

Mrs Williams, who returned from her week-long break the next day, said: “We’re gutted. I think it’s people who knew we weren’t here.

“I suspect they came and looked in the shed during the week because they came back with a screwdriver and unscrewed the hinges and didn’t break anything.

“I have no doubt they knew something was in there. They didn’t touch anything else — it was very much a case of ‘unscrew the door, get the bikes and get out’.”

The couple, who have a five-year-old daughter, used their bikes regularly.

Mrs Williams said: “It’s something we’ve both done for many years on and off. We’ve particularly done a lot of mountain biking.

“The Merida is one year old and is a decent quality bike. The other one I bought for about £300 more than 20 years ago.

“It’s probably worth the same now if someone wanted that particular bike. The shop I had it serviced at said it’s a classic because it’s from the days before mountain bikes had suspensions on them. I’ve done a lot with it and had a lot of trips out.”

She said the couple had done less cycling since their daughter was born but they were encouraging her to go cycling.

“Thankfully, we had her bike with us on holiday,” added Mrs Williams. “At the end of the day, although it’s gutting and I’m particularly quite upset about my bike because it’s irreplaceable, I’m glad no one got hurt.”

The Marin is silver-grey and metallic green and hasn’t any suspension. It has grip shift gears and is fitted with a ladies’ saddle, toe clips, handlebar extensions, two water bottle holders, pump holder and cable and a holder for a bike computer.

The Merida is red and white and has front suspension and hydraulic brakes.

Anyone with information should call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number, 101.

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