Beloved electric bike stolen from Rye Harbour storage

Barry Cooper's electric bicycle which was stolen from his lock up SUS-161115-095435001
Barry Cooper's electric bicycle which was stolen from his lock up SUS-161115-095435001
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A Rye Harbour football coach’s electric bicycle, bought with money left by his deceased parents, was stolen from his storage unit last week.

Barry Cooper found the front door of his lock up on one of the Harbour Road industrial estates smashed open but only his bike was missing on Friday morning (November 11).

The 55-year-old coach at Gillingham Football Club had other valuables in there and thinks the thieves knew what they were looking for.

“My mum and dad passed away a few years ago and I bought the bike from what they left me – it’s the thing that reminds me of them,” he said.

“It’s ridiculous, you kind of lose faith a bit to be honest.”

Mr Cooper, of Lucas Shadwell Way, believes the FreeGo bicycle was taken from his lock up sometime between 8.50pm on Thursday evening and around 7am the following morning.

The youth team coach has spent the last few days putting posters up and asking anyone for help, but said the community has been really supportive.

But so far there has been so sign and urges anyone who knows anything to contact police to help him get his beloved bike back.

“It’s just ridiculous, even if the thing was worth a lot I would feel the same,” he said.

“It’s frustrating because I thought of mum and dad when I was riding around, and sometimes it’s those things that are the most precious.”

Anyone with information should contact police by calling 101 or emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting reference 191 of 11/11.

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