Biker's pride and joy stolen from garage

A HEARTBROKEN motorbike owner is today appealing for help to find his unique Harley Davidson after burglars pinched it while he was asleep.

A HEARTBROKEN motorbike owner is today appealing for help to find his unique Harley Davidson after burglars pinched it while he was asleep.

John Arnold, of High Street, Trimley, bought the custom-made bike off eBay for �10,000 just a week before it was stolen last weekend.

Mr Arnold had only ridden the bike once - when he took his son Benjamin, 11, to the chip shop.

During the journey he discovered a problem with the handle bars so Mr Arnold began carrying out repairs in his garage on Saturday.


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He finished all the work he could do that day and went to bed, but woke the next morning to find it missing.

The 40-year-old, who works for an insulation company, said he bought the bike from someone who had it custom-made in November last year.

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He said: “It is heartbreaking. I only had it a week. It was everything I want in a bike.”

Burglars climbed over large gates to the side of his house while he was asleep.

They broke into the garage and wheeled the bike away at some point between 9pm that evening and 8.30am the next day.

Mr Arnold said the handlebars were still being repaired and it would not have been possible to turn the bike.

He added: “It must have taken three people to move the bike. I am not convinced it was just someone who was walking past and took a chance.

“It would have taken a lot of effort and might have been put in the back of a van.”

He said he had heard of several other thefts of bikes in the area in recent months.

Anyone with information should call Felixstowe police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Have you been a victim of crime? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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