A motorbike which belonged to a pensioner from Cornwall has been found burnt out after it was stolen in Newcastle last week.  

As previously reported in the Packet, Mary Dean was on her way back to Cornwall from a motorbike fundraiser trip when her bike was stolen from outside a Premier Inn in Newcastle last week.

The motorcycle has soft toy tigers on it – as a nod to her biker name of ‘Tigger’ - as well as a money collection box at the back of the bike.

Mary, who has been a volunteer at the Lizard Football and Social Club since it began, was raising money for the club as well as Cornwall Air Ambulance by riding 2,000 miles from the Lizard – the most southerly point in the UK – to the most northerly point, The Shetland Isles, just off the coast of Scotland.

Falmouth Packet: Northumbria Police are now investigating the crime Northumbria Police are now investigating the crime (Image: The Lizard Football and Social Club)

After the theft, the social club asked members of the public to share details of the motorbike on social media. A senior council worker who is a big part of the biking community in Sunderland saw the post and informed his staff to search for the bike.

However, after two days, they found the bike which had been burnt out and destroyed beyond recognition in Sunderland.


A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Officers received a report that sometime between 1am and 7am on Tuesday (June 20), a motorbike and several other items had been stolen from outside a hotel on Emerson Road, Washington.

“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information regarding the theft should call 101 and quoting 078493G/23.”

Falmouth Packet: Mary's bike before it was stolen Mary's bike before it was stolen (Image: The Lizard Football and Social Club)

Tamara from the social club told the Packet: “Some of Mary’s belongings were unfortunately burnt out with the bike, but other items were found near the wreckage.

“Mary is overwhelmed by the kindness of the community and people who helped find the bike.”

The club wanted to help Mary to get back on the road by launching an online fundraiser. However, Mary said she would like the money to go towards essential improvements to the club, including a new shower block for the football players. You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tamara-stidwell