12 bikes stolen from Help For Heroes riders at Gloucestershire campsite

Victims including injured former services personnel were due to take part in Cotswold triathlon

by Simon_MacMichael   June 16, 2014  

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A dozen bikes belonging to injured former armed forces personnel and staff of the charity Help for Heroes were stolen from a campsite in Gloucestershire early on Sunday morning – just hours before they were to be ridden in a triathlon.

Gloucestershire Constabulary has issued an appeal to help track down the bikes, which were stolen from the Go-by-Cycle campsite in Someford Keynes, where supporters of the charity, as well as members of staf, were spending the night prior to the Cotswold 113 triathlon, reports BBC News.

In a statement, the charity said that the stolen bikes “were fully prepared for some of the 40 members of H4H Team True Spirit to do today’s Cotswold Half Iron Man Triathlon.

“Thanks to the generosity of other campers and local people, some participants can still take part after the loan of bikes, but others were unable to. The police have come out and tried their best but to no avail.

“What was taken? 12 bikes made by Bianchi, Specialized, Scott and others, some with water bottles still attached, and they were taken around 1am on Sunday 15th June.

"The thieves would have clearly seen a Help for Heroes banner on the tent as they carried the bikes away as it was a moonlit night.”

The statement concluded: “If anyone has any information the number to call is 101 and quote incident number ‘115 of 15th June’.”

Bryan Parry, co-founder of the charity, added that it was "unforgivable that someone might choose to steal from servicemen, women and veterans who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses."

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The depths to which some people stoop is unbelievable - words fail me ...

Cycling - not just a pastime or sport - free your soul on the open road.

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posted by timbola [208 posts]
16th June 2014 - 10:23

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unbelievably selfish .....

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [698 posts]
16th June 2014 - 11:12

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posted by Some Fella [748 posts]
16th June 2014 - 11:43

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Scum and oxygen thieves

Did Nightrider 2013 for Parkinson's UK, doing it again this year just for the fun of it and to raise more money.

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posted by jova54 [608 posts]
16th June 2014 - 11:51

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There is some real scum out there in the population, I just despair of the human race some times.

Going to be interesting to hear how many machines get stolen from the festivals and campsites associated with Le Tour in Yorkshire this year.

posted by usedtobefaster [90 posts]
16th June 2014 - 11:53

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posted by Dr.Galactus [18 posts]
16th June 2014 - 12:00

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usedtobefaster wrote:

Going to be interesting to hear how many machines get stolen from the festivals and campsites associated with Le Tour in Yorkshire this year.

I've been thinking the same. Unless the organisers put on some meaningful security, I suspect the answer will be "a lot"

posted by dp24 [187 posts]
16th June 2014 - 13:18

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With people walking home from Hampton Court after parts were stolen from their Locked Bikes , nothing in Yorkshire will surprise me !

Even asking the Area Police Inspector , to call his control to check out anyone carrying Bike Wheels in the Kingston area met DEAF EARS !

Can you imagine PC Plod believing someone carrying expensive wheels , was doing a favour ? Confiscation to the Police Station then returning them on proof of ownership , would be a step to far ?

Serving the Population or dodging bent Lawyers ?

Skippy(advocate for "Disabled / Para Sport")@skippydetour. blogging as skippi-cyclist.blogspot & Parrabuddy.blogspot currently on the road with ProTour Grand Tour Events .

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posted by skippy [383 posts]
17th June 2014 - 20:20

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