Worcester Fundraiser Thwarted By Bike Theft.

Worcester Fundraiser Thwarted By Bike Theft.

A RARE BIKE: Mr Nash in Action.

KEEN TO COMPETE: Mr Nash gets into his stride.

THE MISSING BIKE: "Distinctive" say police.

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POLICE are appealing for information after a £7,000 bike was stolen from a Worcester triathlete who hoped to raise money in a gruelling overseas race, on behalf of a cancer charity.

Fundraiser Paul Nash, 56, of Worcester, was due to take part in an Iron Man race on Sunday, September 21 in Menorca, for McMillan Cancer Support.

But all this is on hold, because heartless thieves have stolen the bike he needs to compete.

It was stolen from the back of his car in Highbridge Road, Barking, on Sunday, August 3, at approximately 3am.

Mr Nash said: "I am saddened by the theft of my trek triathlon bike, having trained with it for months, leading up to my biggest charity race, which is the Iron Man in Menorca.

"This will affect not only my race but my ability to raise money for a great cause, which is McMillan Cancer Support."

The bicycle was secured to back his car, which was parked near a hotel he was staying in.

It is a rare racing bike and without it, Mr Nash will not be take part in the Iron Man race.

The gruelling course is a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride and finishes with a 26.2 mile run.

Mr Nash said he has never competed in the race before and hoped to raise the as much money as possible for charity.

The stolen bike is a Trek Speed Concept 7.5 Black Carbon Fibre Racing Bike. It has white handle bars, but this particular bike has been upgraded with bright red tape on the handles. He has also replaced his wheels with Fulcrum Wheels which have a particular spokes fitted. On the rear is a black storage box.

The suspects are described two white males in their teens wearing dark clothing including hoodies. One of the suspects was carrying cream-style "manbag".

Detective Constable Stacey Laslett, of the Motor Vehicle Crime Squad in Barking and Dagenham, said: "I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward as soon as possible and help us find his bike.

"Mr Nash was raising money for charities he holds close to his heart through personal experiences. He has managed to raise between £1,200 - £4,000 a year for charity. Without the bike he cannot take part and raise more money."

Anyone with information is asked the the Barking and Dagenham Motor Vehicle Crime Squad on 020 8217 7976, 07557 596255 or Crimestoppers 0800 111 555.

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1:24pm Wed 20 Aug 14

DanMacc says...

Leaving a £7000 bike on the back of a car? Not too clever really.
Leaving a £7000 bike on the back of a car? Not too clever really. DanMacc
  • Score: 3

1:58pm Wed 20 Aug 14

david350uk says...

Spending £7,000 on a bike is even less clever, why not just give the £7000 to charity in the first place.
Spending £7,000 on a bike is even less clever, why not just give the £7000 to charity in the first place. david350uk
  • Score: -2

11:50pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

While I partly agree with the comments above, we still have an example of the LOW LIFE in society who think they can help themselves / Steal other peoples property. And frequently we read of people having valuables from within their own homes / garages stolen.
What is lacking is a punishment to deter these LOW LIFE , and perhaps our Streets and Homes would become safer for us all.
But what happens if they get caught, and the bike is not recovered? will they be made to repay the value NO, will they be punished, NO. Some out of Touch Judge / Magistrate will pass at worse a slap on the wrist, the Handwringers and Solicitors in society will be lining up with totally unbeleivable excuses , and the victims will get the blame for daring to own any vakuables.
Having been in the Armed forces you quickly learn that the system and the punishment is bigger / stronger than anyone, and the hard men & women are quickly sorted.
We need to build many more prisons, and take the LOW LIFE out of circulation so that law-abiding people can just go about their lives in safety. With more prisons those who show no respect for law & order and continually don't follow the rules should be taken out of circulation. Job Done.
While I partly agree with the comments above, we still have an example of the LOW LIFE in society who think they can help themselves / Steal other peoples property. And frequently we read of people having valuables from within their own homes / garages stolen. What is lacking is a punishment to deter these LOW LIFE , and perhaps our Streets and Homes would become safer for us all. But what happens if they get caught, and the bike is not recovered? will they be made to repay the value NO, will they be punished, NO. Some out of Touch Judge / Magistrate will pass at worse a slap on the wrist, the Handwringers and Solicitors in society will be lining up with totally unbeleivable excuses , and the victims will get the blame for daring to own any vakuables. Having been in the Armed forces you quickly learn that the system and the punishment is bigger / stronger than anyone, and the hard men & women are quickly sorted. We need to build many more prisons, and take the LOW LIFE out of circulation so that law-abiding people can just go about their lives in safety. With more prisons those who show no respect for law & order and continually don't follow the rules should be taken out of circulation. Job Done. Jabbadad
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Thu 21 Aug 14

New Kid on the Block says...

david350uk wrote:
Spending £7,000 on a bike is even less clever, why not just give the £7000 to charity in the first place.
If someone wants to spend their own money on an expensive high quality bike then that is up to them and no concern of anyone else.
If he chooses to raise money for charity through his own hard work then good luck and well done.

His Bike was secured to the car so nicking it was a deliberate effort by the scumbag involved. It was premeditated theft not a spur of the moment thing. I hope they get caught and get the book thrown at them.
[quote][p][bold]david350uk[/bold] wrote: Spending £7,000 on a bike is even less clever, why not just give the £7000 to charity in the first place.[/p][/quote]If someone wants to spend their own money on an expensive high quality bike then that is up to them and no concern of anyone else. If he chooses to raise money for charity through his own hard work then good luck and well done. His Bike was secured to the car so nicking it was a deliberate effort by the scumbag involved. It was premeditated theft not a spur of the moment thing. I hope they get caught and get the book thrown at them. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 1

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