Thieves in Grimsby hoist charity-ride nurse's bike through garage roof

In the second theft in the space of a week in Carnarvon Avenue, Grimsby, Patricia Watson's Cube bike was hoisted through the peeled-back garage roof

Carnarvon Road, Grimbsby, where the theft occurred

A Grimsby nurse, who cycles to raise money for sick babies, has had her bike stolen from her garage after thieves took off part of the roof and hoisted it out.

Patricia Watson, of Carnarvon Avenue, works in the neo-natal unit at Grimsby’s Princess of Wales Hospital and is training for a 158-mile charity ride between her hometown and Liverpool docks.

Ms Watson’s lime green and white Cube bike was taken, as well as her husband’s black Cube, between 11pm on Friday and 8.15am on Saturday morning.

“It makes me sick. I have been in tears about it,” she told the Grimsby Telegraph (opens in new tab)

“We all work hard and have brought our children up to work equally hard and then this happens.

“Whoever has done this has a very distinctive way of getting into properties.

“They have taken other property out of the garage and stacked it neatly on the roof, so they could get to the bikes. They can't have ridden them away because they were locked. There must have been at least three of them: one in the garage, at least one on the roof and one on look out.

“We only hope they have a conscience and realise that we are cycling to raise money for babies.”

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The theft of the two Cube bikes comes just a week after a neighbour also had their bike stolen by thieves.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the cycles can contact Humberside Police by calling 101 and quoting incident number AA/2092169/2015 of Saturday January 17.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.