Woolmer Green theft puts fundraiser “in jeopardy”

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 April 2013

Jamie Porter, Tony Skeggs, Andy Lewis and Richard Dolan may not be able to compete in the charity ride. Jamie's bike can be seen at the back.

Jamie Porter, Tony Skeggs, Andy Lewis and Richard Dolan may not be able to compete in the charity ride. Jamie's bike can be seen at the back.

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A BID to raise thousands of pounds for charity has been put “in jeopardy” after thieves struck over the weekend.

Jamie Porter hopes to compete in an endurance cycle race in June, but now his teammates say they may not be able to take part.

He is one of four riders set to tackle the Race In The Sun, in Wales.

Captain Andy Lewis, of Oaklands, Welwyn, said: “It has put everything in jeopardy.

“Jamie is gutted, he is very upset, the bike was his pride and joy.”

To compete in the cycle ride, which is an endurance challenge that takes place in the Brecon Beacons, there has to be four team members and they have to raise £2,000 sponsorship.

So far the group has managed to raise nearly £1,000, but to replace the bike they would need nearly £2,000.

Mr Lewis added: “He feels like he is letting the side down but it is not his fault.

“We have been trying really hard to raise sponsorship but we cannot afford a new bike.”

The team trains twice a week for the ride, which will take place on June 29, and they are raising money for Action for Charity.

Mr Lewis is hoping the team may be offered help to fund a new set of wheels.

The bike, which is a black Specialized Enduro, was taken on Sunday from Mr Porter’s home, in Bridge Road, Woolmer Green.

It is believed to have been stolen between 11am and 7pm. It is very distinctive as it is pure black with white forks.

A police spokesman said: “The offender, or offenders, may have gained entry to the back garden by climbing over a neighbour’s fence.”

Police are appealing for witnesses and are asking if anybody has been offered the bike to contact them on the non-emergency number 101 and quote the crime reference number B1/13/765.


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