Reward for charity cyclist's stolen bike

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 April 2015

John Kirkhope is offering a £100 reward for the return of his bike, which was stolen from his shed overnight on March 27.

John Kirkhope is offering a £100 reward for the return of his bike, which was stolen from his shed overnight on March 27.

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A cycling enthusiast, who has raised hundreds of pounds for Weston Hospicecare, is offering a reward for anyone with information leading to the return of his stolen bike.

John Kirkhope’s custom-made bike was taken from his shed, at his home in Clarence Road North, overnight on March 27. He discovered thieves had broken in and used bolt cutters to prize the bike’s metal lock apart.

Mr Kirkhope, a legal research fellow at Plymouth University, is offering a minimum reward of £100 to anyone who can provide information which reunites him with his beloved bike.

He said: “The theft is obviously incredibly unpleasant and has led to me feeling very insecure about things.

“Clearly I am angry because somebody thinks they have the right to take my property. But I’m also upset because I had spent considerable time tweaking the bike to my height and the way I like to ride it.

“I have had my bike for quite a long time and it was set up just for me. I was also staggered to find out that a replacement bike would cost in the region of £1,000.

“I am offering a reward for the bike’s safe return, as it is so personal to me and it is a very comfortable bike. What has happened is just appalling.”

Mr Kirkhope, aged 66, cycles between 20-30 miles every day and has raised hundreds of pounds for Weston Hospicecare by cycling in charity events. His most recent event for the Uphill charity was the 2013 Strawberry Jam ride.

Mr Kirkhope’s shed was also the target of an attempted break in last year. He said: “A couple of months ago somebody was trying to get into our back door and shed. I went to look and must have scared them away.”

The bike is described as a black TREK7.5 hybrid with white pedals and a black Brooks leather saddle. It also has a Nightvision side pannier attached by a combination lock, with a green data tag and San Remo sticker on the down tube. It also has mudguards, a bell, two mirrors and light fixings.

Anyone who spots a bike matching the above description is advised to phone the police non-emergency number 101.

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