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Special Olympian from Barnstaple has £3,000 bike stolen from locked garage

Daniel Weston won gold in the 25km road race in Abu Dhabi

A bike belonging to a Special Olympics road race champion from Barnstaple has been stolen.

Daniel Weston won a gold medal in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, and is due to race at the Great Britain Nationals in less than two months.

The bike, worth more than £3,000, is Daniel's 'lifeline' according to his family.

Daniel's family are devastated his bike has been taken and want to find a way to replace it

It's his lifeline, it's his independence.

It's how he can manage his autism, stress and anxiety.

– Radmila Weston, Daniel's mum

Daniel has autism and lives independently, working as a commis chef in the kitchen at the Barnstaple Hotel.

He says he is devastated about losing his bike, something he uses to aide his independence.

When he's not competing in time trials Daniel works as a chef in Barnstaple Credit: ITV News

I use it for racing and doing time trials and I use it for road racing.

It also makes you feel very calm.

It means a lot to me because I can do really well.

– Daniel Weston, Special Olympics Gold Medalist