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Falmouth triathlon volunteer grandfather has bike pinched
7:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A Falmouth grandfather who gave up his time to marshal at the Gylly Beach Triathlon on Sunday is appealing for help in tracing his tandem which was stolen while he volunteered.
Adrian Hitchman and his nine-year-old grandson, Rhys Johns, were helping out at the triathlon when his cycle was taken from outside the Gylly Beach Cafe between about 9.45am and 10.30am.
“I had left the bike leaning on the wall on the pavement next to two or three other bikes, but when we came back it had gone,” said Adrian. “We had a good look around the area to see if it had been dumped, looking in the obvious places like around the Point, but didn’t find it.
“Two firemen said they had seen one person riding it along the seafront, away from all the people.”
Adrian has owned the tandem for three years and it has proved popular with his eight grandchildren who enjoy being taken out on it. “They were all quite upset that it has been stolen because I’d often take the children out on it,” he said.
Adrian, who is a member of Falmouth Wheelers and rode the tandem with grandson Rhys in Saturday’s carnival as part of the Red Sparrows, is hopeful of seeing his bike again. “I don’t think they could ride it around Falmouth without it being recognised,” he said.
“It’s the only one like it. They would either have to dump it or move it on and it’s not the easiest of things to move on.”
As well as the Orbit Libra tandem, the thief also took the pannier that was on the bike. It contained a long-sleeved Wheelers cycling top, a yellow waterproof jacket, Rhys’ red cycling top and coat and a high-vis vest.
Anyone who finds the bike or the pannier or knows of their whereabouts is asked to call Adrian on 07968 133178 or post anonymously on the message board at www.falmouthwheelers.co.uk.
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