Wythenshawe Wheelers hit by bike thieves again

Heartless thieves have stolen bikes from a Wythenshawe-based charity.

The bikes, some of which were specially adapted, were stolen from the Wythenshawe Wheelers, who make cycling available to people of mixed abilities and disabilities.

It is the second time thieves have struck the charity, based at Wythenshawe Park’s athletics track.

In March 2011 nine bicycles adapted for cyclists with a disability were stolen.

Sue Blaylock, group founder, said at the the time the club had taken years to build up their collection of bikes and the theft was “demoralising and dreadful”.

The latest theft happened sometime between 2.30pm on Wednesday 28 August 2013 and 7am on Thursday 29 August 2013.

The offenders entered the running track area of the park, removed the padlocks and took the bikes from three containers.

Several bikes were recovered in the park but seventeen remain outstanding.

Inspector Debbie Weake said: “Wythenshawe Wheelers is a non-profit making community enterprise that makes cycling available to people of mixed abilities. We are keen to locate these bikes, some of which have been adapted for use, and return them as soon as possible.

“If you are offered a bike for sale under suspicious circumstances we would urge you to call police.

“We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone around the containers on Wednesday night or anyone with information about who may be responsible.

“Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4882 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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