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Stolen tricycle returned to key worker

November 22, 2020
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A tricycle enthusiast has been reunited with a stolen bike following a police appeal which was supported by the whole town. 

The home-built distinctive tricycle was stolen from a secure area at a supermarket earlier this month, but after a successful appeal which was shared on social media hundreds of times the bike was returned to its rightful owner.

A good Samaritan had seen the appeal after buying the trike off a scrap van for £30 and within hours, the distinctive vehicle was back home. 

Alex Coates was delighted to have it returned after it was taken from Hucknall’s Tesco Extra.

He said: "It's absolutely great news and I'm so chuffed to have it back. A woman contacted me after seeing the appeal on social media and she couldn't have been more kind. 

"It's been really quick turnaround and I'd like to thank everyone for helping with the investigation and sharing the appeal online. 

"The whole incident seems to have brought the whole town together. I am very impressed with how the force conducted themselves and astonished at the fantastic team spirit from everyone.

"I felt like a bit of a celebrity the past few days, with people coming up to me and asking if it had been found yet. I've had other give me the thumbs up whilst I cycled past. 

"I've already used the returned trike to help with my shopping again!

"The bike still has one armrest missing, but remarkably the overall good condition is very good. 

“Thanks to everyone again, especially the good Samaritan who I have offered a discount too for a future trike for herself to ride. 

"It's wonderful to have some great news in these weird times."

The store worker builds and collects the bikes and has parts shipped over from China as part of a hobby that started 10 years ago.

He added: "The bikes are a big part of my life and I've always been interested in them. Over the years I've had them shipped across from China and loved building them and using them for general errands.

"I've been riding the tricycle for many years and I use them as a way to get to work, reduce my carbon footprint and it's a great way to keep fit. It has a back seat that I use to give my friends and family lifts places."

Despite the bike being found, officers are still asking for the public for any information to help find the offenders. Police Constable Connor Laxton is leading the investigation. 

He said: "This is a fantastic result and we'd like to thank the good Samaritan for coming forward and bringing the bike back to Alex.

"We are hopeful of having new lines of enquiry which we are following to try and track down the people who stole the bike. 

"It was taken outside Tesco Extra in Hucknall around 3am on 2 November, so if anyone saw anything suspicious in the area then please get in touch to help with our enquiries.

"The offender also caused damage to a gate at the supermarket and stole some batteries from some a trolley machine belonging to the supermarket in Ashgate Road.

"If you can help please call 101, quoting incident number 480 of 2 November 2020."

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