Stolen bike returned through Facebook

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 June 2015

The bike stolen from outside Hutton Moor

The bike stolen from outside Hutton Moor

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A Weston musician has heralded the positive impact of social media after a Facebook post prompted him to become a 21st-century good Samaritan.

Rob Evans, aged 26 and from Weston, managed to retrieve a child’s bike from thieves last week after spotting an appeal a friend had shared on a Facebook page.

The bike had been stolen earlier that evening from outside Hutton Moor Leisure Centre while its six-year-old owner, Ashton Morris, was having a swimming lesson.

Rob was by a Locking Castle shop and was checking his phone when he happened to look up and see a group of four teenagers, who had a bike matching the Facebook picture he had been looking at.

He said: “I put two and two together and I had to do something about it because I hate thieves, they really bug me.

“I started running and when I shouted at them they started to retreat down a back alley.

“A few seconds later they had all stopped and the girl and three lads turned around to face me.

“I said ‘that’s not yours is it?’ and the lad insisted that it was, but then I asked him again and he said he’d found it under a bush.

“I thought on my feet and told him I knew it wasn’t his because it was my brother’s.

“Luckily he believed me and they all just walked off and allowed me to wheel it away from them.”

Rob returned the bike to its rightful owners in the following half an hour after making contact with the owners on their Facebook post.

Thyme Morris, Ashton’s mother, spoke of her relief that the incident had been resolved so quickly.

She said: “Ashton had burst into tears and was very upset when we found out that his recent birthday present had been taken.

“We are very grateful to Rob and I don’t know what we would have done if he hadn’t intervened.”

Rob added that he was glad he had been able to help someone in need because of his quick thinking.

He said: “I am pretty happy for Ashton and all this just shows how beneficial social media can be.”

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