Apprentice butcher who appeared on BBC3 show Invasion of the Job Snatchers has bike stolen in Christchurch

DISAPPOINTED: Carl Owen with the brocken lock from his bike

DISAPPOINTED: Carl Owen with the brocken lock from his bike

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AN APPRENTICE butcher who found a job via a hit television series has had his bike stolen while he was out on a date.

Carl Owen featured on BBC3 show Invasion of the Job Snatchers earlier in the year, in which he was offered the chance of a fresh start in Christchurch.

Carl, originally from Warrington, started his new life in December after winning an apprenticeship with F.A. Lambe and Sons, Marlow Drive, having impressed master butcher Robin Lambe with his hardworking attitude.

Carl said he has loved living in the town and heaped praise on everybody in the community for making him feel so welcome and giving him a second chance after experiencing such a troubled past. However, on Sunday afternoon he found that his £300 black Giant Escape bike, which he had left locked up outside bookmaker Coral on Bargates, had been stolen.

“I don’t drive and my bike is my lifeline,” added Carl. “I am upset and it is not something I expected to happen in Christchurch.”

Carl said he had left his bike at 3pm on Saturday before going to meet his date for a romantic barbecue on Southbourne beach.

He added that the date had been fantastic but that his emotions quickly changed when he realised what had happened.

“It is so disappointing really. It is the only way I have of getting to work. This one person who has stolen my bike has put a dampener on Christchurch,” he said.

Carl now has to walk for an hour every morning from his home in Matchams Lane to get to work and urged anyone with information about the whereabouts of his bike to come forward.

“Someone stole the bike because they were in a bad place, they were desperate, but that is no excuse.”

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6:40am Thu 22 May 14

dylexic bobert says...

Who cares
Who cares dylexic bobert
  • Score: -91

6:52am Thu 22 May 14

afcb-mark says...

Wow, I do think he's reading a bit much into this. The bottom line is, some lousy thief stole his bike from Christchurch...It's unfortunate Carl but, I expect it's an everyday occurrence across the country. Oh and it's definitely not news!.
Wow, I do think he's reading a bit much into this. The bottom line is, some lousy thief stole his bike from Christchurch...It's unfortunate Carl but, I expect it's an everyday occurrence across the country. Oh and it's definitely not news!. afcb-mark
  • Score: 5

7:19am Thu 22 May 14

crazybird says...

Hope you get your bike back Carl - think you're an inspiration the way you have turned your life around and wish you all the very best :)
Hope you get your bike back Carl - think you're an inspiration the way you have turned your life around and wish you all the very best :) crazybird
  • Score: 88

7:20am Thu 22 May 14

churchill gardens resident says...

there is not so many bikes in boscombe now so the local are having to work further afield or maby under the tories the poor are getting poorer & more desperate
there is not so many bikes in boscombe now so the local are having to work further afield or maby under the tories the poor are getting poorer & more desperate churchill gardens resident
  • Score: -24

7:28am Thu 22 May 14

notapeopleperson says...

did somone see some news somewhere?
did somone see some news somewhere? notapeopleperson
  • Score: -28

7:35am Thu 22 May 14

nosuchluck54 says...

churchill gardens resident wrote:
there is not so many bikes in boscombe now so the local are having to work further afield or maby under the tories the poor are getting poorer & more desperate
Maby
[quote][p][bold]churchill gardens resident[/bold] wrote: there is not so many bikes in boscombe now so the local are having to work further afield or maby under the tories the poor are getting poorer & more desperate[/p][/quote]Maby nosuchluck54
  • Score: -10

7:59am Thu 22 May 14

Richard 1976 says...

Surely worthy of a live at the scene report on meridian tonight
Surely worthy of a live at the scene report on meridian tonight Richard 1976
  • Score: 8

8:09am Thu 22 May 14

anotherfatslob says...

It's just part of living here,never leave your bike anywhere.
It's just part of living here,never leave your bike anywhere. anotherfatslob
  • Score: 12

8:35am Thu 22 May 14

BIGTONE says...

OY! Carl,
You gotta watch these OAP's
OY! Carl, You gotta watch these OAP's BIGTONE
  • Score: -4

9:01am Thu 22 May 14

ruggerlad says...

Whilst you all take the ****, the fact is that he has come to this area to make a new life for himself and been rewarded with this happening to him !

I hope he is successful in finding his bike, although, somehow I doubt it will be recovered now.
Whilst you all take the ****, the fact is that he has come to this area to make a new life for himself and been rewarded with this happening to him ! I hope he is successful in finding his bike, although, somehow I doubt it will be recovered now. ruggerlad
  • Score: 54

9:10am Thu 22 May 14

trolley says...

can't you haters find another hobby instead of spouting bile on here?
the guy is a credit to himself and hs family, lovely bloke who has made a massive effort to turn his life around.hopefully somebody will come forward with an offer of a replacement??
can't you haters find another hobby instead of spouting bile on here? the guy is a credit to himself and hs family, lovely bloke who has made a massive effort to turn his life around.hopefully somebody will come forward with an offer of a replacement?? trolley
  • Score: 69

9:24am Thu 22 May 14

nickynoodah says...

Great news that's one less pavement hogger
I wish someone would nick all of those motorised bath chairs off of the old folk
seems like everybody's got to have one these days, saw one last week upside down in a ditch, the driver still sitting in it taking snuff.
Great news that's one less pavement hogger I wish someone would nick all of those motorised bath chairs off of the old folk seems like everybody's got to have one these days, saw one last week upside down in a ditch, the driver still sitting in it taking snuff. nickynoodah
  • Score: -51

9:58am Thu 22 May 14

Chiqqy says...

Carl !!! You need to get a better lock !! I have to lock mine with a Kryptonite d lock and a toughened cable through the wheels. It's really not on though. Bike thieves are scum. I suggest checking Gumtree and also a certain pawn shop in Boscombe… .
Carl !!! You need to get a better lock !! I have to lock mine with a Kryptonite d lock and a toughened cable through the wheels. It's really not on though. Bike thieves are scum. I suggest checking Gumtree and also a certain pawn shop in Boscombe… . Chiqqy
  • Score: 21

10:02am Thu 22 May 14

Gingertree says...

So somebody like he used to be gave him a taste of his own medicine Now he knows what it feels like And btw it's Broken not brocken
So somebody like he used to be gave him a taste of his own medicine Now he knows what it feels like And btw it's Broken not brocken Gingertree
  • Score: -27

10:09am Thu 22 May 14

simnic says...

Please tell me this didn't make the front page news! bikes get nicked every day. Mine did but would the echo be interested...nope thought not.
Please tell me this didn't make the front page news! bikes get nicked every day. Mine did but would the echo be interested...nope thought not. simnic
  • Score: -1

10:24am Thu 22 May 14

Bournefre says...

dylexic bobert wrote:
Who cares
The kid whose bike got nicked, obviously. And the people who read the article in the newspaper about it.
[quote][p][bold]dylexic bobert[/bold] wrote: Who cares[/p][/quote]The kid whose bike got nicked, obviously. And the people who read the article in the newspaper about it. Bournefre
  • Score: 10

10:28am Thu 22 May 14

rozmister says...

ruggerlad wrote:
Whilst you all take the ****, the fact is that he has come to this area to make a new life for himself and been rewarded with this happening to him ! I hope he is successful in finding his bike, although, somehow I doubt it will be recovered now.
The idea that this is how the local area rewarded him for coming her to make a new for himself is just silly. There's no reward or punishment about it, it's not personal. He left his bike somewhere, a crack head stole it. It's not nice but the crack head didn't single him out. Whether he'd moved here recently or lived her his whole life is irrelevant to a criminal.
[quote][p][bold]ruggerlad[/bold] wrote: Whilst you all take the ****, the fact is that he has come to this area to make a new life for himself and been rewarded with this happening to him ! I hope he is successful in finding his bike, although, somehow I doubt it will be recovered now.[/p][/quote]The idea that this is how the local area rewarded him for coming her to make a new for himself is just silly. There's no reward or punishment about it, it's not personal. He left his bike somewhere, a crack head stole it. It's not nice but the crack head didn't single him out. Whether he'd moved here recently or lived her his whole life is irrelevant to a criminal. rozmister
  • Score: 15

10:30am Thu 22 May 14

retry69 says...

Come on where are the usual hysterical Bournemouth residents? I'm surprised they are not shouting about Bournemouth being the Bike Stealing capital of the UK ,time yet I suppose :)
Come on where are the usual hysterical Bournemouth residents? I'm surprised they are not shouting about Bournemouth being the Bike Stealing capital of the UK ,time yet I suppose :) retry69
  • Score: 5

10:33am Thu 22 May 14

nickynoodah says...

Looks like he is one of the Dingles of the tele
thought I recognised him
his face rings a bell
you know it is him.
Looks like he is one of the Dingles of the tele thought I recognised him his face rings a bell you know it is him. nickynoodah
  • Score: -23

10:36am Thu 22 May 14

Controversial But True says...

Probably best to tell the police and then the insurance company, then move on!
Probably best to tell the police and then the insurance company, then move on! Controversial But True
  • Score: 7

10:37am Thu 22 May 14

InkZ says...

Those coil locks are pointless. Make sure you use a decent D Lock. I would only use a coil lock for locking the wheels to the frame.
Those coil locks are pointless. Make sure you use a decent D Lock. I would only use a coil lock for locking the wheels to the frame. InkZ
  • Score: 11

10:46am Thu 22 May 14

Orville2 says...

Ignore the negative comments Carl. You're a shining example or how people who haven't had the best start can turn their lives around with hard work and determination. You should be massively proud of your acheivements. Anyone who had taken the time to watch the series would agree. Keep up the good work.
Ignore the negative comments Carl. You're a shining example or how people who haven't had the best start can turn their lives around with hard work and determination. You should be massively proud of your acheivements. Anyone who had taken the time to watch the series would agree. Keep up the good work. Orville2
  • Score: 32

10:48am Thu 22 May 14

retry69 says...

nickynoodah wrote:
Looks like he is one of the Dingles of the tele
thought I recognised him
his face rings a bell
you know it is him.
What's this Bere Regis village group that keeps appearing on Facebook,anything to do with you? :)
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Looks like he is one of the Dingles of the tele thought I recognised him his face rings a bell you know it is him.[/p][/quote]What's this Bere Regis village group that keeps appearing on Facebook,anything to do with you? :) retry69
  • Score: -3

11:11am Thu 22 May 14

mia400 says...

get a cheap bike off gumtree and a better lock, life sucks all over the country not just down here!
get a cheap bike off gumtree and a better lock, life sucks all over the country not just down here! mia400
  • Score: 7

11:25am Thu 22 May 14

liveinhope says...

Lives in Matchams Lane, works at St Katherine's hill, date in Southbourne.

How many other places could he have left it which would make more sense than a bookmakers in Bargates.
Lives in Matchams Lane, works at St Katherine's hill, date in Southbourne. How many other places could he have left it which would make more sense than a bookmakers in Bargates. liveinhope
  • Score: 6

11:53am Thu 22 May 14

smhinto says...

I have had three cycles stolen in the last 20 years. All were locked up with quality locks.
.
I did not report the second and the third theft as one is clearly wasting one's time. The Police pay little attention to this kind of crime anyway.
I have had three cycles stolen in the last 20 years. All were locked up with quality locks. . I did not report the second and the third theft as one is clearly wasting one's time. The Police pay little attention to this kind of crime anyway. smhinto
  • Score: 9

12:19pm Thu 22 May 14

Franks Tank says...

Apparently, according to this paper this week, the Rozzers are cracking down on this sort of thing.
REALLY??
Everyone I know that's had a bike nicked has said the Cops are completely disinterested, - even when presented with evidence of where the villain lives!

One of scum bags lives opposite Primera in Charminster Road (go figure).
Apparently, according to this paper this week, the Rozzers are cracking down on this sort of thing. REALLY?? Everyone I know that's had a bike nicked has said the Cops are completely disinterested, - even when presented with evidence of where the villain lives! One of scum bags lives opposite Primera in Charminster Road (go figure). Franks Tank
  • Score: 6

12:20pm Thu 22 May 14

GeorgeW64 says...

If you are going to spend £300 on a bike at least spend another £10 on a decent lock.
If you are going to spend £300 on a bike at least spend another £10 on a decent lock. GeorgeW64
  • Score: 7

1:07pm Thu 22 May 14

scotty1976 says...

anyone wanna buy a bike?
anyone wanna buy a bike? scotty1976
  • Score: -8

4:33pm Thu 22 May 14

shaft says...

You should have known better by leaving it outside a bookies it was always going to be a gamble.
You should have known better by leaving it outside a bookies it was always going to be a gamble. shaft
  • Score: 1

4:42pm Thu 22 May 14

corngoat says...

What a shame, I agree, these things do happen but Carl has worked hard to change his life around. I watched the series and he really did make an effort, turning his back on his previous life and making a new start.

A real credit to himself and his family and a good example to other youngsters.

Hope you soon get another bike Carl and good luck with your job – keep up the good work.
What a shame, I agree, these things do happen but Carl has worked hard to change his life around. I watched the series and he really did make an effort, turning his back on his previous life and making a new start. A real credit to himself and his family and a good example to other youngsters. Hope you soon get another bike Carl and good luck with your job – keep up the good work. corngoat
  • Score: 12

4:43pm Thu 22 May 14

shaft says...

trolley wrote:
can't you haters find another hobby instead of spouting bile on here?
the guy is a credit to himself and hs family, lovely bloke who has made a massive effort to turn his life around.hopefully somebody will come forward with an offer of a replacement??
There's always one that will say anything just to get discount on their sausages.
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: can't you haters find another hobby instead of spouting bile on here? the guy is a credit to himself and hs family, lovely bloke who has made a massive effort to turn his life around.hopefully somebody will come forward with an offer of a replacement??[/p][/quote]There's always one that will say anything just to get discount on their sausages. shaft
  • Score: 2

6:37pm Thu 22 May 14

baylin says...

I feel sorry for the boy but leaving a newish mountain bike with a cheap lock is asking for trouble take one of the wheels off and leave it in the girls flat and buy a decent lock.
I feel sorry for the boy but leaving a newish mountain bike with a cheap lock is asking for trouble take one of the wheels off and leave it in the girls flat and buy a decent lock. baylin
  • Score: 3

8:15am Fri 23 May 14

nickynoodah says...

gently shafted and still talking shifty through his johnty
gently shafted and still talking shifty through his johnty nickynoodah
  • Score: -4

3:59pm Fri 23 May 14

agp1337 says...

corngoat wrote:
What a shame, I agree, these things do happen but Carl has worked hard to change his life around. I watched the series and he really did make an effort, turning his back on his previous life and making a new start.

A real credit to himself and his family and a good example to other youngsters.

Hope you soon get another bike Carl and good luck with your job – keep up the good work.
Please don't be too disappointed with Christchurch. You came from a less salubrious area but have made a good life here. Just remember: even Christchurch isn't some totally crime-free Nirvana, it has crime like anywhere else. Just stick with it, Carl.
[quote][p][bold]corngoat[/bold] wrote: What a shame, I agree, these things do happen but Carl has worked hard to change his life around. I watched the series and he really did make an effort, turning his back on his previous life and making a new start. A real credit to himself and his family and a good example to other youngsters. Hope you soon get another bike Carl and good luck with your job – keep up the good work.[/p][/quote]Please don't be too disappointed with Christchurch. You came from a less salubrious area but have made a good life here. Just remember: even Christchurch isn't some totally crime-free Nirvana, it has crime like anywhere else. Just stick with it, Carl. agp1337
  • Score: 3

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