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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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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