Charity challenge ends early thanks to bike thieves

ANGRY David Libby
ANGRY David Libby
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FUNDRAISER David Libby was forced to give up a charity cycle challenge when his bike was stolen.

Along with seven other staff and members of the Langstone Hotel gym, he was clocking up as many miles as possible over a month to reach their 1,250-mile target for Cancer Research UK.

But Mr Libby left the distinctive £600 white and red Hardrock bike at Havant railway station where it was stolen. It meant that, although the group managed to reach almost 2,000 miles, he had to give up.

Mr Libby, 51, from Hayling Island, said he was unhappy to have had to pull out.

He added: ‘I left my bike chained up and the next morning it was gone. I reported it to the British Transport Police, who were looking through CCTV.’

The bike was stolen on June 6. The hotel’s maintenance manager Gareth Palmer organised the charity challenge after several of his family were affected by cancer.

Gareth’s aunt died in April 2012 from a brain tumour and on the day of her funeral, Gareth’s dad lost his battle with lung cancer and died in May 2012. Six months later, another of Gareth’s aunts died from an inoperable bowel cancer. The team was comprised of Adam Fawcett, Lee Adams, James Wassel, Emma Bouchard, Helen Stone and Martin Grady. The ride has raised over £2,000 so far with donations still coming in.

In a statement Inspector Mick Morriss, from BTP Portsmouth said: ‘The bicycle was stolen from the bike racks on the station’s northern-bound platform sometime between 7.12am and 7.20pm.

‘The cycle is a white and red specialised Hardrock men’s mountain bike, worth £600, and we would ask anyone who might have seen it or who knows where it is to get in touch.

‘Officers are working to identify CCTV opportunities and want to hear from anyone at the station during those times who noticed anything suspicious.

Call BTP with information on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 548 of 06/06/13.