Carl Owen from BBC3’s Invasion of the Job Snatchers given replacement bike after his was stolen

Bournemouth Echo: ON YER BIKE: Carl Owen with staff and owners ON YER BIKE: Carl Owen with staff and owners

A REALITY TV star who had his bike stolen has been given a replacement by a generous local business.

Carl Owen, who found fame on BBC3 show Invasion of the Job Snatchers, had his £300 black Giant Escape bike stolen from Bargates, Christchurch, on May 18 while he was on a date on the beach.

The theft left him reliant on public transport, and his feet, to get around the town and to work at F.A. Lambe and Sons butchers in Marlow Drive, the job he secured during the series after impressing owner Robin Lambe.

However, after reading about Carl’s plight in the Daily Echo and being impressed with him on TV, Alan and Gill Butler of On Yer Bike in Charminster have donated a replacement – a Python Quantum.

“It is just fantastic, I feel very spoiled and humbled by it all,” said Carl, who picked up the bike at the shop yesterday.

“It just goes to show that one person can’t spoil a good community.”

Carl, originally from Warrington, found work through the popular series after a troubled past. He said he was devastated by the loss of his bike, which had been secured with a chain outside Coral bookmakers.

“The bike was a lifeline for me, I don’t drive and so I needed it to explore this new area I am living in,” he said.

“This is a massive gesture by Alan and Gill and I am very grateful. It is a cracking bike.”

Mrs Butler said she and her husband, who have been based in Charminster Road for 25 years, felt Carl deserved some help for all his hard work.

“We watched the programme and we really admired all the effort he put in,” she said.

“We felt sorry for him when we read about his bike being stolen, after all the effort he put into his job in his new community.

“But he is a lovely guy and we are pleased to be able to help him out.”

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8:31am Thu 12 Jun 14

bored84 says...

Is this guy still trying to get in the media whenever possible?
Is this guy still trying to get in the media whenever possible? bored84
  • Score: -33

9:16am Thu 12 Jun 14

Chopper3 says...

bored84 wrote:
Is this guy still trying to get in the media whenever possible?
Think of it the other way around - he's more interesting news than most of what else happens in Christchurch. Obviously he could say no to the press but I'm sure he's just grateful for the support he's had and wants to let the bike shop have the positive publicity they've earned.
[quote][p][bold]bored84[/bold] wrote: Is this guy still trying to get in the media whenever possible?[/p][/quote]Think of it the other way around - he's more interesting news than most of what else happens in Christchurch. Obviously he could say no to the press but I'm sure he's just grateful for the support he's had and wants to let the bike shop have the positive publicity they've earned. Chopper3
  • Score: 35

9:21am Thu 12 Jun 14

suzigirl says...

Why can't he get a new bike from the insurance company?
Why can't he get a new bike from the insurance company? suzigirl
  • Score: -22

9:55am Thu 12 Jun 14

bored84 says...

Chopper3 wrote:
bored84 wrote:
Is this guy still trying to get in the media whenever possible?
Think of it the other way around - he's more interesting news than most of what else happens in Christchurch. Obviously he could say no to the press but I'm sure he's just grateful for the support he's had and wants to let the bike shop have the positive publicity they've earned.
Yeah I suppose you have a point. It's free publicity. However I'd be more inclined they think highly of the bike shop if they gave a free bike to a child that had its bike stolen rather than a grown man with a full time job
[quote][p][bold]Chopper3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bored84[/bold] wrote: Is this guy still trying to get in the media whenever possible?[/p][/quote]Think of it the other way around - he's more interesting news than most of what else happens in Christchurch. Obviously he could say no to the press but I'm sure he's just grateful for the support he's had and wants to let the bike shop have the positive publicity they've earned.[/p][/quote]Yeah I suppose you have a point. It's free publicity. However I'd be more inclined they think highly of the bike shop if they gave a free bike to a child that had its bike stolen rather than a grown man with a full time job bored84
  • Score: -15

11:20am Thu 12 Jun 14

Hobie18007 says...

bored84 wrote:
Is this guy still trying to get in the media whenever possible?
Evidently you don't know Al and Gill then? They are very good friends of mine and for your information they are the nicest kindest people you could ever come across. Al will always go out of his way to help you so save your cheap comments. Well done Al, my utter respect for you as always.
[quote][p][bold]bored84[/bold] wrote: Is this guy still trying to get in the media whenever possible?[/p][/quote]Evidently you don't know Al and Gill then? They are very good friends of mine and for your information they are the nicest kindest people you could ever come across. Al will always go out of his way to help you so save your cheap comments. Well done Al, my utter respect for you as always. Hobie18007
  • Score: 20

12:00pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Lucky Rich says...

Top marks to the bike shop,i hope you get some more good publicity out of your good deed .
Top marks to the bike shop,i hope you get some more good publicity out of your good deed . Lucky Rich
  • Score: 18

1:13pm Thu 12 Jun 14

agp1337 says...

A really nice story. Well done to all, to the bike shop for their generosity and to Carl for sticking at his new life here. Just one thing: I hope you've also got a really decent lock for it rather than these wire things!
A really nice story. Well done to all, to the bike shop for their generosity and to Carl for sticking at his new life here. Just one thing: I hope you've also got a really decent lock for it rather than these wire things! agp1337
  • Score: 14

1:27pm Thu 12 Jun 14

bored84 says...

Hobie18007 wrote:
bored84 wrote:
Is this guy still trying to get in the media whenever possible?
Evidently you don't know Al and Gill then? They are very good friends of mine and for your information they are the nicest kindest people you could ever come across. Al will always go out of his way to help you so save your cheap comments. Well done Al, my utter respect for you as always.
Was I talking about the shop owners?
[quote][p][bold]Hobie18007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bored84[/bold] wrote: Is this guy still trying to get in the media whenever possible?[/p][/quote]Evidently you don't know Al and Gill then? They are very good friends of mine and for your information they are the nicest kindest people you could ever come across. Al will always go out of his way to help you so save your cheap comments. Well done Al, my utter respect for you as always.[/p][/quote]Was I talking about the shop owners? bored84
  • Score: -3

3:45pm Sat 14 Jun 14

agp1337 says...

I was at the Mudeford Wood Community Centre Jubilee today and met Carl. Thoroughly pleasant, he told me he HAS got a decent (D) lock for his bike. At around 2pm he gave out the prizes for the kids' Fancy Dress competition. He did it really well, and responded in a fun manner with the children - they seemed to like him. Well done!
I was at the Mudeford Wood Community Centre Jubilee today and met Carl. Thoroughly pleasant, he told me he HAS got a decent (D) lock for his bike. At around 2pm he gave out the prizes for the kids' Fancy Dress competition. He did it really well, and responded in a fun manner with the children - they seemed to like him. Well done! agp1337
  • Score: 5

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