Shock at cycle theft from outside Spalding church

Luke Franks outside St Mary and St Nicolas Church in Spalding where his bicycle was stolen. SG280715-202TW ANL-150728-140144001
Luke Franks outside St Mary and St Nicolas Church in Spalding where his bicycle was stolen. SG280715-202TW ANL-150728-140144001
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A Spalding teenager has been left without his only form of transport after his bicycle was stolen from outside the church where he sings in the choir.

Luke Franks (15) had secured the bicycle to a metal parking pole outside the vestry at St Mary and St Nicolas Church, using a heavy duty chain and padlock.

Someone must have gone there prepared and with cutting gear because it was secured with a heavy duty chain and padlock

Mum Hayley Franks

But sometime during the service between 11am and noon on Sunday, someone cut through the chain and took off with the bicycle.

Police are appealing for witnesses, but in the meantime the Spalding Grammar School student is without the wheels he relies on to get him around town.

Mum Hayley, of Cherry Tree Grove, said the family is shocked anyone would steel a bicycle from outside a church.

She said: “It’s a £400 bicycle and someone must have gone there prepared and with cutting gear because it was secured with a heavy duty chain and padlock.

“Luke has only had the bicycle for a year and we invested more on it because it’s his only form of transport and we live the other side of town from his school and friends.

“We’d like to raise awareness about this because it could happen to other people.”

In May, police warned residents to beware of cycle thieves after a spate of shed break-ins.

Luke’s bicycle is silver with the Raleigh Hybrid brand written in bright green. The mudguard is broken and attached with a plastic cable tie.

Mum Hayley said: “We are just not in a position to replace it and although I thought we we covered on the house insurance it seems we are not. It’s a lesson for everyone to take extra care not to get caught out too.”

If you have any information about the stolen bicycle, message Martin Franks on Facebook or call police on 101.

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