‘Labour of love’ lost after motorbike theft

PUBLISHED: 08:01 11 June 2015

James Townend's stolen bike.

James Townend's stolen bike.

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A WESTON man has said he felt his hard work had been stolen when he realised his motorbike had been taken from outside his flat.

James Townsend, aged 36, said his 1990 Kawasaki motorbike was a ‘labour of love’ for him.

He said: “I came back late on Friday evening and was working on the bike until quite late.”

He stopped making repairs to the motorbike just before midnight on Friday and left it parked on the roundabout running between Earlham Grove and Birchwood Avenue.

He said: “I went out to go to work at 7am and realised it was gone. I was so angry. It has been parked there many times before and I have never had any issues.

“I have had it about a year but I bought it as a project and it has been a bit of a labour of love for me. I had almost finished it, it was about 80 per cent done. It has just had its MOT, all the main bits had been done and it had a new battery last week.”

Mr Townsend is offering a £100 reward for information leading to the return of the motorbike. He said: “I drove around Weston for six hours looking for it, there’s not a street I haven’t been down.

“It’s not worth a great deal of money because it’s quite tatty really, it’s just someone has stolen all of my hard work.”

A spokesman from Avon and Somerset Police said: “We were called at around 7.30am on July 6 following the theft of a motorbike between 11pm and 7am which happened in Birchwood Avenue.

“Investigations are ongoing.”

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