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'Cycling Mayor' targeted for high value bike theft

Jennifer Trotman's garage was broken into - but all they wanted were her best bikes...

The ‘cycling Mayor’ of a small town in Somerset has appealed to the public after bikes worth more than £3,000 were stolen from her garage.

Jennifer Trotman was twice Mayor of Axbridge, and is a well-known local figure on the roads.

She said she had clearly been targeted for the most valuable of her bikes.

"Somehow they broke into our garage," Ms Trotman, 43, told Somerset Live.

"There were other bikes and power tools but they just took my bike, which is worth £2,000 and my partner's, which is worth about £1,100."

She said she had little hope of recovering her unique custom-built bike.

"I'm doubtful the police will catch them, but if it does make others aware then that's something.

"I know people might think it's only a bike but it's so much more than that," she said.

"It's not one you would see in the shops, so hopefully someone might see it, you never know."

If you can help, contact police on 101 and quote the crime reference 5217038980


After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on

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