THIS WEEK IN 1970: Sneak thief ruins Karen’s birthday

No wonder 10-year-old Karen looked glum, a thief had stolen her very first bicycle, a birthday present
No wonder 10-year-old Karen looked glum, a thief had stolen her very first bicycle, a birthday present
Former pupils at the 2017 reunion, above, and a class in 1956, below		 Picture by Habibur Rahman (170854)

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Cosham schoolgirl Karen Threader was about to turn 11 – but a thief made sure her birthday was ruined before it even started.

Karen’s heart was set on a bike and her parents, of Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham, gave her a golden-bronze machine a week early.

But their excitement turned to disappointment when the cycle was stolen five days before Karen’s great day.

Karen’s father, a fireman with Portsmouth City Fire Brigade, told The News he had taught Karen how to lock up the cycle with a chain and padlock.

He said: ‘Each evening we took the cycle upstairs to our flat, but on the night it went missing, Karen left it unlocked downstairs.’