Fundraiser’s bikes stolen in burglary

BIKE BLUES: Charity champ Susan Hall pictured with the two stolen cycles.
BIKE BLUES: Charity champ Susan Hall pictured with the two stolen cycles.
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A KEEN cyclist, who’s raised thousands of pounds for charity by getting in the saddle, is appealing for the return of her stolen bikes.

Businesswoman Susan Hall has turned her passion for cycling into a means of helping life-saving charities.

She’s hit the road for sponsored rides in countries across the globe, from Cambodia to Ireland, to help charities including the Foundation of Light, Diabetes UK and Meningitis UK.

But her trusty top-of-the-range bikes, one of which was custom made, have been snatched from her home in Houghton.

During the break-in, which happened last weekend, thieves stole two bikes and other items including golf clubs and a vacuum cleaner. Susan, who owns Reds Hair and Beauty in East Herrington, says it’s the loss of the bikes which concerns her most. “I’ve cycled all over the world on those bikes,” she said. “They have sentimental value, as well as being difficult to replace. One in particular is quite distinctive so I’m hoping someone knows something about its whereabouts.”

One of the adult bikes stolen was a Dogma Pinarello. It’s black with pink touches and features Susan’s name. The other is a white Trek Madone.

Susan said: “The black one in particular is special, as it was custom built to my measurements. It’s not the kind of bike you can buy off the shelf.”

Susan has reported the incident to police who are investigating the matter. The bikes were taken from her home in the Dairy Lane area of Houghton.

l Anyone with information on the bikes is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on Tel. 0800 555 111.