THIEVES have stolen thousands of pounds worth of BMX bikes from a club rated number one in the south.
Brazen criminals targeted Gosport BMX Club, in Grange Road, Gosport, using scaffolding poles to prise open a locked storage container containing the nine bikes.
Chairman Darren Fells said the bikes, worth nearly £4,000, were used by around 100 youngsters each Saturday.
He said: ‘We allow children, not from just this area but from other areas, to use the bikes free of charge when we run our training.
‘Without these bikes now it’s going to be depriving those children of the chance to take part in this fun sport.
‘Insurance was very hard to sort out so we weren’t covered.
‘They gave no compassion, no thought for the children who use them, whether it’s for financial gain or not we don’t know.’
He added fence and scaffold poles had been taken from nearby and used to open the container.
It happened between 6pm on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday.
Three helmets have been found on the Rowner estate and handed back to the club.
Eight of the bikes are of a race style and mainly black and white. One of them had a gold frame. A white powder-coated frame was also taken.
Each of the bikes had Gosport BMX Club written on it, with a number.
The club, which was formed in 2006, has around 40 riders who compete on a regional and national level.
Connor Douglas, 18, is a volunteer there.
He said: ‘Not all the kids will be able to ride bikes now.
‘The thieves are just self-centred, no thought has gone into it, it’s selfish.
‘Nothing can describe the sadness, it’s not us – it’s for the kids.’
Investigating officer, PC Steve Palmer of Gosport targeted patrol team, said: ‘This is really sad, the club does a lot of work in the local community and has helped many children in the process.
‘It is possible a van or similar-sized vehicle may have been used to transport the stolen bikes.
Call police on 101.