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Suffolk woman's worst ever year

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH woman who suffered her worst year ever has hit out at the callous thieves who stole her son's bike.

The theft was a cruel last straw in a long line of events for Zena Summers, who is still grieving from the death of her father from cancer.

AN IPSWICH woman who suffered her worst year ever has hit out at the callous thieves who stole her son's bike.

The theft was a cruel last straw in a long line of events for Zena Summers, who is still grieving from the death of her father from cancer.

Referring to her bad year, the mum of five, said: "It all started in February when my baby son Robert got tonsillitis at eight months.

"Then my son Michael broke his arm in two places. Then my dad, Ernest Rowland, died in August 14 from cancer."

Zena was 32 weeks pregnant when her father died at St Elizabeth Hospital and was with him when he passed away.

On Tuesday she gave birth to baby Graham who was in intensive care for two days with low sugar levels and a low temperature.

She had just come out of hospital when her son Michael Neale broke the news that his bike – given to him as a birthday present in April – had been stolen.

"It really was the last straw," said Zena, 33. "I had only just had a baby. The bike was given to Michael because we wanted him to have something special for his 13th birthday. It was really upsetting."

The bike was a chrome GT Dyno BMX worth £140 and was left outside Galaxy Models and Hobbies in Felixstowe Road on Friday at 5 pm.

Northgate School pupil, Michael said: "I left the bike outside the shop because I was looking for stuff to make a boat. I didn't lock it because I thought I wouldn't be in the shop for very long.

"When I came out I couldn't find my bike. I started looking around for it and phoned my mum."

He used the bike to go to and from school and to go to places with his friends. "I am still upset about it. All my friends have bikes and it makes it harder to go out with them."

If you have seen it, contact Ipswich Police Station on 01473-613500, or crimestoppers.

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