Sue left vul­ner­a­ble af­ter bike theft

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A CY­CLIST says she is a ner­vous wreck af­ter thieves broke in and stole her only form of trans­port.

Thieves broke into Sue Thoma­son’s backyard on Crossall Street in Macclesfield overnight be­tween April 28 and 29.

They made off with the B’Twin Rock­rider worth sev­eral hun­dreds pounds while Sue sat me­ters away.

Sue, 50, has now been left feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble and ner­vous. She is also with­out any form of trans­port be­cause she used her bike ev­ery day.

Sue, a free­lance writer and so­cial me­dia manager, said: “I lived in Lon­don for many years so I never needed to learn how to drive.

“My bike was my only way of get­ting around. I’m left with­out trans­port.

“I used my to get around town and to go to meet­ings as I work from home.”

Sue be­lieves she was up at the time of the theft.

She said: “I was in on my own that night and I ac­tu­ally heard the bike be­ing stolen at about 11.30pm.

“It was stolen right out of my back yard and the thief would have had to climb over a high fence to get it.

“I thought the noise was the neigh­bours out in their gar­den as their se­cu­rity light came on.

“The thief must have watched me sit­ting there.

“That they’d break into my back yard and not care that the light was on and that I was in full view makes me won­der what they’d have done if I’d turned around and spot­ted them.”

Sue said the crime has had a ter­ri­ble ef­fect on her. She said: “It’s only a bike, but I’ve slept with a light on since it hap­pened and I’m now think­ing if they can get into my back yard, they can get into my house. I’m scared of go­ing in the back yard af­ter dark and I keep check­ing and re-check­ing the doors are locked. It is strange how it af­fects you.

“I’m try­ing to tell my­self it was prob­a­bly just kids but I feel ner­vous and vul­ner­a­ble

“My bike has a brand new sil­ver chain and one of those wide seats, which is un­usual for a moun­tain bike. I re­ally hope who­ever took it does the de­cent thing and brings it back or it is spot­ted by some­one who can re­port it to po­lice.”

If you can help con­tact po­lice on 101.

●● Stephen Rooney, from Macclesfield, com­pet­ing on MasterChef Australia

●● Sue Thoma­son

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