Jack’s prize bike stolen just hours after aunt’s killer jailed

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 January 2012

Jack Tottle

Jack Tottle


A YOUNG boy has been left devastated after his prized possession was stolen just hours after his aunt’s killer was jailed for life for her murder.

Jack Tottle, aged 11, was lying asleep in his Worle home when thieves broke into the garage and took his motocross bike.

Just the afternoon before, his parents Mark and Becky watched Stephen Hotson put behind bars for life for killing Mark’s sister Julia last July.

Hotson, of Crookes Lane, Kewstoke, had been standing trial at Bristol Crown Court for after battering his wife to death with a vacuum cleaner pipe.

Jack, of Midhaven Rise, practises at Gordano BMX Track but now, because the family’s insurance company will not pay out, is facing the prospect of not being able to ride again for some time.

The insurance company has told the family it does not insure motocross bikes under household cover.

Jack, a St Mark’s Primary School pupil said: “I’m really disappointed at what happened.

“My heart belongs to that sport and not many other things.

“I’d be really grateful if anyone could let us know if they can help me get my bike back.”

The orange KTM SX85 was stolen at about 6am on January 10.

Becky, a nail technician, added: “They must have known the bike was there. We had been at court the afternoon before for the sentencing so it was a really bad day.”

If anyone has any information they can call police on 101.

The family is offering a reward of £100 for information leading to the safe recovery of the bike.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Weston Mercury. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Weston Mercury