Spalding mum warns cyclists after teenage son's bike is stolen
A Spalding mum is warning cyclists to beware of thieves after her teenage son's locked bike was stolen.
George Thornley (16) locked his Voodoo bike (pictured) to a bike rack outside Spalding Library, in Victoria Street, and then spent a few hours at the fair on Sunday night.
The teenager had saved for the £390 bike out of his own earnings and was deeply upset to lose it.
His mum, Mandy Goddard, says the family are only publicising the incident to warn other cyclists ... and because there's a slim chance that someone knows something that might see the bike returned to George.
Mandy told us: "You might ask yourself why would you take your bike to the fair, but why shouldn't you?
"George said it's far safer to cycle home than walk and risk being attacked."
The teenager, who goes to Spalding Grammar School, had arranged to meet friends shortly after 7pm.
Mandy said he returned to the bike rack at 10pm but his cycle and lock had gone.
"At first he thought his friends had played a joke but then it soon became evident that the bike had been stolen," said Mandy.
George searched everywhere he could think of - Holland Market, Ayscoughfee, the Castle Sports Complex and alleyways - before making his way home.
The teenager was so upset that he didn't mention the theft to his family until the next morning.
Mandy said: "I knew something was wrong as he looked hugely upset and it was then that he told me what had happened.
"I reported this to the police and to the insurance company."
George had spent Sunday refereeing football matches at RAF Cranwell and only went to the fair as a last minute thing.
If anyone knows anything about the theft - or knows where George's cycle is now - please call police on 101, quoting incident 162 of May 6, 2019.