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Thieves steal fundraiser’s bike

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Heartless thieves have stolen a bike used by a Batley businessman to raise money for charity.

The bike, which was bought for £1,000, was taken from White Rose Leisure in Bradford Road in the early hours of Friday morning.

Director Steve Martin rode the bike to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and said he was devastated to find it had been stolen.

“I came back from watching England at the World Cup in Brazil and I did not want to come back to this,” he said.

Mr Martin, whose company provides leisure machines such as fruit machines, took part in Tour de Yorkshire organised by Huddersfield Town last year.

The 300 strong party cycled around the county raising money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Mr Martin said he was due to meet with the charity to discuss a number of future fund raising ideas.

“Police advised me to look on Ebay and Gumtree to see if it pops up online but I am offering a reward of £100 to anyone who can help,” he said.

“Hopefully I can get it back and start training again.”

The bicycle is a white Ridley X Bow 1116A Cyclocross bike.

Anyone with information is asked to phone 101 or 0800 555111.

 

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