£500 bike stolen from Gosport BMX champ

TAKE-OFF Ayesha McLelland in mid-air
TAKE-OFF Ayesha McLelland in mid-air

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AN OLYMPIC hopeful is devastated after thieves stole her training bike.

The crooks struck while Ayesha McLelland was training at New Images Gym and Health Club in Aerodrome Road, Gosport.

10/1/12     SB''Ayesha McLelland 17 who is British number 3 in BMX racing, studying to be a mechanic at Gosport College at Fareham Reach.''NB - HAD A FRONT WHEEL PUNCTURE SO COULDNT RIDE ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120077-1)

10/1/12 SB''Ayesha McLelland 17 who is British number 3 in BMX racing, studying to be a mechanic at Gosport College at Fareham Reach.''NB - HAD A FRONT WHEEL PUNCTURE SO COULDNT RIDE ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120077-1)

When she returned to collect the £500 black Trek road bike from the outdoor sheds at about 5pm on Tuesday, it was gone. All that remained was the lock used to secure it, which had been cut in half.

Distraught Ayesha, of Napier Close, Gosport, who hopes to make it to the 2016 Olympics, had been loaned the bike by British Cycling, the governing body for cycling in the UK

The 17-year-old is ranked number three in the BMX Racing Championship Women’s Class and the bike is vital to her intensive training programme.

Ayesha said: ‘I was devastated.

‘It’s going to affect my training and the fact that it’s been lent to me and it’s not mine is upsetting. It’s the lowest form of crime. I want the bike back.’

Her mum Nickie, 44, said: ‘She’s been pushing herself and this is going to mess up her training.

‘Her sport is expensive anyway without having to replace a bike. British Cycling was kind to lend her the bike to build up her stamina and now someone’s stolen it.

‘I’m hoping somebody may have a conscience.’

Hampshire Police asked anyone with information to call them on 101 quoting crime reference number 44120014507.