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Kent cyclist aged 86 cycles 16 miles to A&E – then has his bike stolen

Bob Friend was being treated for dog bite when thief made off with Thorn Audax bike

An 86-year-old Kent cyclist who rode his bike 16 miles to an accident and emergency department after he was bitten by a dog came out of hospital the following day to find his bike had been stolen. His daughter has launched an apeal for its recovery.

Bob Friend, from Minster, cycled to the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate after the dog bit him in Canterbury.

He locked his Thorn Audax bike, on which he has racked up well over 100,000 miles, outside the hospital but when he was discharged in the morning it was gone.

His daughter, Ramsgate resident Diane Robertson, appealed on Facebook for help in finding the bike, or at least to “make the bike too hot to handle.”

She told Kent Online: "To steal something from outside a hospital is pretty low.

"He does still drive but he goes everywhere on the bike because he prefers it. He also finds it more comfortable than walking because he has back problems.

"He will do 100 miles a day on the bike quite happily and regularly visits my aunts in Gloucestershire and Brighton on it."

She provided a description of the bike on the Facebook post, saying: “It's a Thorn Audax racing bike, blue, with front hub Dynamo, bar bag at the front (with a BMW badge!), rack bag at the rear containing water proofs, tools, spare tube and lights.

“Never mind the dog bite and ensuing skin graft, it would mean a lot to him just to get his bike back,” she added.

Anyone with information is requested to get in touch with Ms Robertson via Facebook.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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