Disabled child's bike targeted in theft

Published Saturday, 14 June 2014
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Bicycles belonging to a family with a severely disabled child have been stolen in north Belfast, leaving them devastated.

Disabled child's bike targeted in theft
Police said it means the family can no longer go cycling together. (© Pacemaker)

Two children's bikes, and an adult bike with an attachment that allows it to be connected to a wheelchair, were taken from a house in Chichester Park North.

Andrew Wallace, whose 10-year-old daughter has special needs, said the family have always enjoyed going on bike rides together and described the theft as very upsetting.

He told UTV: "It's distressing for us but particularly for our daughter who really enjoys going out in the trailer for bicycle rides.

"We would appeal for people to keep an eye out for all three bikes, particularly the one with the attachment on - it's a piece of metal on the bike's stem, an unusual looking piece of equipment, and it would mean a lot to us and particularly to our daughter if we could get it back."

It is believed a shed containing the bicycles was targeted at some time between 8pm on Wednesday and 12.30pm on Thursday.

A 17-year-old boy with sandy hair wearing a hoodie and grey tracksuit bottoms was spoken to by the homeowner in the garden previously and police are keen to speak to him.

The adult's bicycle which was stolen was a grey and black Kona Good hybrid road bike.

Anyone with more information who can help police with their inquires has been asked to get in touch via the non-emergency number 101.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
John in crumlin wrote (225 days ago):
whoever has this or has been offered it please do the right thing and hand it back. it's obvious these bikes were of big importance to this family it's was something they all did together and enjoyed. just because you probably had no proper family time together doesn't give you the right to ruin it for another family
colin in belfast wrote (225 days ago):
bloody scum...is there anyway to donate some money to get them new bikes..
Fiona in Bangor wrote (225 days ago):
You dont get much lower than this! Disgrace. Shame on the scum that did this!
tell the police in belfast wrote (225 days ago):
scum for stealing a child with needs bike, lets hope someone tells the police who has got it?
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