Search for man and woman after bike theft descriptions released

Search for man and woman after bike theft descriptions released

STOLEN: Gazza's KTM 50 motorbike

UNIMPRESSED: Gazza Nelson, left, and brother Terry, aged eight

First published in News Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

POLICE are hunting for a man and woman in connection with a mini motorbike stolen from a six-year-old cancer survivor.

The distinctive orange KTM 50 motorbike was spotted being wheeled down a dirt track at the side of Cams Lane Primary School in Radcliffe around 3.10pm on Monday, January 20.

The woman was described as having red or ginger hair and wearing a white or grey tracksuit with blue on it and the man was said to be wearing dark clothes and a black cap.

The £1,000 bike, belonging to six-year-old Gazza Nelson, was stolen from a house in Spenser Avenue shortly before the sighting.

Mum Alexis Roberts, aged 32 and from Radcliffe, says she believes the family home was targeted by burglars who waited for her to nip out for the school run.

Alexis said: “It is a very distinctive bike and whoever took it has watched me leaving the house – it is somebody who lives nearby.

Gazza is obviously devastated – this was his Christmas present.

“Before he just had cheap motorbikes and when he got cancer he was not able to ride them for about a year and a half.

“Now he is bigger and better at riding them we thought he deserved a treat – he has had an awful six years.

“We saved all this money for a year to buy the bike and someone just walked in and took it.”

Bike-mad Gazza begun riding children’s motorbikes aged two but had to stop in 2010 after he was diagnosed with the rare cancer, which affects fewer than 60 children in the UK each year.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, call Alexis on 0161 724 6165 or text 07565688893.

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