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Thieves target charity bike ride

Kevin Robson (right) with bike shop owner Gethin Butler, who kindly loaned him a bike so he could complete his charity bike ride.

Kevin Robson (right) with bike shop owner Gethin Butler, who kindly loaned him a bike so he could complete his charity bike ride.

A cyclist who was 500 miles into a charity ride – inspired by his mum who has beaten cancer – had his bike stolen after he locked it up in Lancaster.

Kevin Robson had stopped off in the city for lunch and left his bike on a cycle rack close to the police station.

When he returned he found out his bike, worth £1,000, and the lock had gone.

Kevin said: “It was my last stop on my way to my parents’ house in Preston and I was litterally passing through. I was cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, because it’s the 10 year anniversary of my mum Susan being diagnosed with the disease.

“It was an absolute disaster but it was turned round pretty quickly because Gethin Butler , who runs a bike shop two miles from my parents house, lent me a bike to continue.

“I saw the best and worst of human traits in the same day.

“The theft kind of spurred me on to do it more and I was determined to continue.

“I finished the ride last Thursday.

“My identical twin John and I are both classically trained pianists so we will be holding a concert in June to raise money for the charity as well.

“With the concert and the bike ride we aim to raise between £3000 and £4000.

“It was the first time I’d visited Lancaster but one person won’t stop me coming back again.”

PC Phillip Williamson from Lancaster & Morecambe Police, said: “We would appeal to the public to study the picture of the stolen bike in order to provide any information in connection with its theft.

“The victim was raising money for a very worthwhile charity which his mother suffered from 10 years ago.

“Luckily the victim was lent another bike to continue his trip by Gethin Butler, who currently holds the world record for the Land’s End to John O’Groats”.

The stolen bike was described as a White Trek 1.2 road bike with red and black stripes, a white bottle holder underneath the frame and an eight gear thumb selector on the handlebars.

It was stolen from outside the Pendle Witch pub on Good Friday at 12pm. Call 101.

 

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