Poole pensioner says his cycling days are over after bike is stolen from garage (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Poole pensioner says his cycling days are over after bike is stolen from garage
12:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
AN 80-YEAR-OLD says his cycling days are over after thieves took the bike he used for shopping trips and charity rides.
Cyril Macklin, 80, says the bicycle – which was taken from the garage of his Parkstone home – was as good as new.
He paid £360 for it at Ashley Road’s now defunct Shepherds cycle shop several years ago and spent money kitting it out.
It was stolen over the weekend of September 21-22 and he hopes someone may help police find it.
Mr Macklin had raised money for his church and cancer charities by doing 10-mile rides on the bike.
“I’m not going to buy a new bike,” said Mr Macklin, a former aircraft fitter with British Aerospace who worked on Concorde.
“It’s not so much the bike, it’s the principle. I don’t know how people can do it, how people stoop so low.”
Although he was cycling less than he used to, the bike was still used for regular trips to the shops.
“I’m ever so fit for 80,” said Mr Macklin, who goes to Rossmore Gospel Hall. “Although I’ve got health problems, I don’t look 80.”
The bike, a silver Raleigh mountain-style bike with alloy frame, bears the number SF30446941 on the frame. It had sprung forks and saddle stem, a water bottle, side stand, lights, full mudguards, and bags containing gloves and other equipment.
He believes it was stolen to order because another bicycle was not touched.
Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101.
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