A TEENAGE boy is “gutted” after his valuable bike was stolen.

Louis Harber’s bike - as well as his black iPhone 11 which was stored in a phone holder attached to the bicycle - was stolen before the teen started his shift of delivering newspapers around the city.

His mum, Gemma Harber, said: “"My son, who has continued to work diligently delivering his papers on his paper round during the pandemic has had his bike and phone stolen.

“This is a despicable act which should be highlighted. He is gutted. He feels at loose ends.

“He’s a school leaver so since lockdown he hasn’t had any schoolwork to do to keep him busy.


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“We are angry. We would all enjoy a family bike ride together.” 

Louis had gone inside the News N Booze newsagents in Bransford Road, St John’s, to collect the papers before distributing them around Worcester. However, when the teen stepped outside to begin his paper round, he was shocked to discover his bike was missing.

The bike, which is described as a Specialized model and in a silver/grey colour, is worth around £1,000.

Mrs Harber said her 15-year-old son has found it difficult during lockdown, but he would always enjoy a bike ride.

The mum-of-three added: “He does a lot of bike rides so uses an app which records his journey and logs the distance and route. The safest place to normally keep it is in the holder. He would also normally keep the phone in his pocket when he’s on his round but due to the warmer weather he was wearing shorts which had no pockets in them.

"He uses his bike not only for his paper round but also to get exercise, using it on a daily basis and riding miles a day.

“He had the bike as a present last year which cost around £1,000.”

The teen has been delivering a variety of papers every day except for Sundays for over two years, which includes the Worcester News.

The theft happened at around 8am on June 1 in Bransford Road, Worcester. CCTV footage shows the bike being stolen from outside the shop. See www.worcesternews.co.uk/ to view the footage.

If you have any information, contact the police on 101 and quote reference number 101 s 010620.