‘It meant ev­ery­thing’

AP­PEAL TO FIND MO­TOR­BIKE LEFT IN SOL­DIER’S BEQUEST TO BEST FRIEND

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THE close friends of a 30-year-old sol­dier who died in Afghanistan are ap­peal­ing for help in find­ing his “trea­sured” mo­tor­bike which was stolen from Hayes .

Thomas Lake, who died in 2011 af­ter step­ping on a hand grenade while on pa­trol, left his beloved Yamaha mo­tor­bike to his best friend Si­mon in his will.

The Hayes res­i­dents, who treated Mr Lake as fam­ily, trea­sured the bike fol­low­ing his pass­ing and kept it as their “lit­tle piece of Tom” to re­mem­ber him by.

The red and white bike was stolen from out­side their Reid Close prop­erty some­time be­tween 11.45pm on Septem­ber 16 and 7.30am on Septem­ber 17.

Si­mon’s niece, who called Mr Lake “un­cle” and saw him as a fam­ily mem­ber, said that their fam­ily was “heart­bro­ken” af­ter the mo­tor­bike had been taken.

The west Lon­don res­i­dent, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said: “This bike meant ev­ery­thing to my un­cle, he hon­estly trea­sured it so much.

“He’s in pieces af­ter re­al­is­ing it was gone, he trea­sured it since Tom died and for it to not be there one day was hor­ren­dous.

“It was our lit­tle piece of him we still had to hang onto af­ter he died, it was our fam­ily’s way of re­mem­ber­ing him by.

“It would mean so much to get it back, los­ing some­one is bad enough but then to lose some­thing they left for you in their will is dev­as­tat­ing.

“To have it back again would be like gain­ing a bit of him again.”

The reg­is­tra­tion of the red and white 10-year-old Yamaha is T727 TPU.

A spokesman from Metropoli­tan Po­lice said they had been called on the morn­ing of Septem­ber 17.

They con­firmed the bike had been stolen from out­side the house in Reid Close and said en­quiries are on­go­ing into the theft.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the stolen bike should call po­lice on 101.

Thomas Lake died in 2011 and left his beloved Yamaha bike to his friend Si­mon in his will – the bike was stolen two weeks ago

The trea­sured Yamaha mo­tor­bike

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