22nd Nov, 2019

Callous thieves wreck racing chances

Malvern Editorial 25th Feb, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE OWNER of a motocross bike stolen by thieves has claimed the callous act has ‘ruined his chances’ of racing in the sport.

Dave Newman’s Yamaha YZF 450 was taken overnight last Friday (February 13) after offenders forced their way into the garage of his Suckley Road address.

A chain and lock around the blue and white bike, which was valued at £3,500, had been cut off, the disc brake had also been cut and an alarm on the vehicle had been taken off in water to silence the noise.

The 19-year-old told The Observer he had been riding for a number of years but was determined this was the year he would make the breakthrough in racing.

He said: “I am absolutely gutted. It was my plan to start racing this year and I would go and do it every weekend.

“I have been riding for quite a few years now but the plan this year was to go for it.

“This has ruined my hopes.”

Mr Newman, who works as an apprentice technician at Listers Audi in Worcester, contacted police about 8am the following morning to report the incident but he admitted his optimism over getting the bike back has dwindled.

“I haven’t heard anything from the police so I do not know if they have seen anything,” he added.

“I am still hoping it does come back, but realistically I think it is long gone.”

The bike is also described as being a one-off specific type, having Rockstar Energy graphics on it and black wheels.

PCSO Martin Butcher, Kempsey and Alfrick Safer Neighbourhood Team confirmed on Saturday, February 14, police received a report a one-off motocross bike had been stolen from a garage in Knightwick.

Police also confirmed they have not identified any suspects.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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