Man, 84, 'devastated' after thief stole his bike and heckled him in South Shields

An older man says he is "devastated" after someone stole his pedal bike and heckled him in South Shields.

The 84-year-old man had left his bike in the Asda car park shed in Boldon Colliery while he went into shop at 3pm on April 27. When he was leaving, a male cycled past him shouting "Cheers, mate".

The victim said he was confused about the comment and it wasn't until he returned to the shed that he realised his bike had been stolen. He said it was his only means of transport and he needs his bike returning.

I was devastated when I realised my bike was gone. It was my pride and joy, I used it almost every day for journeys that I couldn’t manage on foot.

The victim's statement

The bike involved was a black and green Carrera pedal bike.

This is an appalling example of an opportunist thief showing a total disregard for the law and the welfare of a vulnerable member of the public.

PC Alan Morton, of Northumbria Police

Police are investigating the theft and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page on our website quoting reference number 787 03/05/20. Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.