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Eight bikes stolen as burglars target Chris Boardman's home

Diving equipment also taken from property on Wirral, police appeal for help

Police on Merseyside have appealed for help in tracking down bikes and other equipment stolen from the Wirral home of former world and Olympic champion, Chris Boardman.

Burglars forced entry to the garage of the house in Gayton, Heswall, between 7pm on Sunday evening and 9.20am on Monday morning, say police, who have carried out a forensic examination.

The list of items stolen is as follows:

Bicycles

Two electric Gtech eBike City bikes, with black electric battery packs on the frame and Gtech light sets

A Boardman Junior Mountain bike with disc brakes

A Boardman Hybrid Pro with Continental hybrid tyres and Halfords light set

A Boardman Hybrid Pro (aluminium with carbon forks)

Two Boardman Pro 29er bikes

A Boardman SLS Disc Di2 with carbon frame and forks and Shimano Dura-ace electric brakes (we think the bike is probably the Boardman SLR Disc Di2 (main picture) becaue we don't think there is a Boardman SLS Disc Di2, although if you know different please let us know in the comments - ed).

Diving equipment

A Dumpy 12 litre diving cylinder with ‘Steve Mac’ written on it

A Halcyon BCD with handmade lead back plate.

Detective Constable John Molyneux of Merseyside Police said: “Fortunately there was nobody at home at the time of the burglary, but the victim is understandably distressed about the fact they have been targeted in this way.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the Gayton area and noticed anything suspicious to contact police. Your information will be looked at thoroughly and could really help our enquiries.

"I would also ask anyone who thinks they may have been offered items matching the descriptions of the items, or seen them being stored, to contact police."

Anyone who has information can call Merseyside Police on the 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Boardman is currently in London commentating for the BBC on the UCI Track World Championships, which began yesterday.

Simon joined road.cc 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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