Tumour boy's misery

PUBLISHED: 03:03 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:29 24 May 2010

A BOY from Banwell has been left devastated after saving up for a £300 motorbike, only to find out that the online company from which he was planning to buy it had closed down. George Llewellyn, of Littlefields Avenue, has spent the last two years recover

A BOY from Banwell has been left devastated after saving up for a £300 motorbike, only to find out that the online company from which he was planning to buy it had closed down.George Llewellyn, of Littlefields Avenue, has spent the last two years recovering from an operation to remove a benign brain tumour.The youngster, pictured right, who attends Banwell Primary School, had to give up his favourite hobby, off-road motorbiking, while he recuperated but during his recovery he managed to save almost £300 for a motorbike he had seen on the internet.He sent his money off to Power Off Road on November 16 and was told to expect the bike within 28 days. The money was taken out of his account but the delivery date came and went so his mum, Bridget, investigated and discovered the firm was no longer trading.She said: "The first time I rang there was no answer. I rang again a couple of days later but the line was dead. I went on the internet and the website had closed down. George is pretty upset.He really enjoys off-road scrambling and wasn't able to do it for a long time after his operation."I think the company is awful. It must have known the bike wouldn't be delivered to us."The internet-based company was investigated by BBC's Watchdog in October last year after 200 customers complained they had not received the products they had ordered or they had been delivered in a poor condition.The programme asked experts to study the bikes which were delivered and they were found to be unsafe.Power Off Road bosses sent a statement to Watchdog apologising to viewers and promised to issue refunds. The problem was put down to a factory error which caused delays to deliveries but the Power Off Road website now says the company has ceased trading online.George and Bridget have been told by trading standards officers that nothing can be done for them and the young biking fan is having to start saving again from scratch.

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