Mo­tor­bike pals ride to the res­cue after con­men plun­der pen­sioner’s sav­ings

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A GROUP of kind­hearted bik­ers have come to the aid of a pen­sioner after thieves stole her sav­ings.

Eileen Roles, 76, was tar­geted by con­men who of­fered to tidy up her drive­way be­fore tak­ing her to a cash­point for pay­ment.

They then re­turned to her home in Ir­lam and stole £200 and her bank card, which they went on to use sev­eral times.

After hear­ing about Eileen’s plight, Ben Prichard, a mem­ber of the Sal­ford branch of the Motorcycle Ac­tion Group, de­cided to or­gan­ise a fundrais­ing night to re­place the cash.

Ben and his fel­low bik­ers then paid a visit to the grand­mother-of-five to hand over the £600 raised.

Ben, 22, from Ir­lam, said: “I just wanted to show that the com­mu­nity still cares.”

APEN­SIONER left dis­traught after thieves stole her sav­ings says she has had her faith re­stored – thanks to a group of kind-hearted bik­ers.

Eileen Roles, 76, fell vic­tim to con­men ear­lier this year after they of­fered to clear her drive­way be­fore tak­ing her to a cash­point for pay­ment.

They re­turned to the house but later stole £200 and her bank card which they went on to use sev­eral times.

After hear­ing her story, Ben Pritchard – a mem­ber of the Motorcycle Ac­tion Group’s Sal­ford’s branch – de­cided to do some­thing to help and or­gan­ised a fundrais­ing night at the Duke of York pub in Ec­cles.

Around £600 was col­lected which was handed over to the grand­moth­erof-five when Ben and his fel­low bik­ers paid a sur- prise visit to her home in Ir­lam.

Ben, 22, from Ir­lam, said: “If that was my mum or grandma, I would want to know that the com­mu­nity was be­hind me too.

“It went re­ally well, she was speech­less and to­tally over­whelmed when we all turned up with the big cheque.

“Along the route lots of peo­ple were beep­ing their horns and we were re­ally ex­cited to meet her. We hope this has made up for what was lost and more.”

Mrs Roles, a for­mer ho­tel worker, said she was ‘in shock’ when the bik­ers turned up on her doorstep.

She added: “It was a com­plete sur­prise, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it at all but it’s a won­der­ful thing to hap­pen.”

Ben, a parts ad­vi­sor at a car garage, or­gan­ised the fundraiser with dad Owen and sis­ter Chloe. He thanked ev­ery­one who had do­nated raf­fle prizes or come along to the ‘rock­eoke’ night.

He added: “From lo­cal busi­nesses to lo­cal peo­ple, ev­ery­one chipped in.

“I didn’t think it was go­ing to get near the £600 mark but it was a good turnout.

“I just wanted to show that the com­mu­nity still cares.”

Eileen Roles with biker Ben Pritchard

Eileen Roles, 76, with Ben (pic­tured with his arm around her) and mem­bers of the Sal­ford branch of the Motorcycle Ac­tion Group Bar­bara Ben­nett Pho­tog­ra­phy

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