Boys devastated by bicycle thefts

PUBLISHED: 08:43 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010

THE youngest of three victims of theft is going to bed with a light on, fearing a crook who stole his bike will come and get him.

THE youngest of three victims of theft is going to bed with a light on, fearing a crook who stole his bike will come and get him.The boys' bikes were all taken from the drive of a property in Winchester Close, Feniton, during a family barbecue last Saturday.Angry parents are demanding the return of the boys' pride and joys, and police from Honiton are investigating.Kieran Churchill, nine, Lester Churchill, eight, and Joel Campbell, six, were left "distraught" following the thefts.Roger Churchill, Kieran and Lester's dad, told the Herald: "They were distraught when they found the bikes were missing. It's not so much the bikes as the distress it's caused.Disgusted Mr Churchill is hoping CCTV from a camera at Feniton Spar will shed some light on the crime.One of the bikes was handed in to police after it was found dumped in Ottery St Mary. Two bikes are still missing - a gold and black BMX Mongoose and a black Apollo mountain bike.Joel's dad, Ross Campbell, said: "My son wanted to go to bed with a light on, because he was frightened a burglar would come and get him."A poster, asking for information about the crime, is displayed in the Spar shop.Police in Honiton are also investigating a separate theft of bikes from Feniton. Four bicycles were taken from an outbuilding in Green Lane in the early hours of Wednesday, July 30. One has been recovered, but three are still missing - a silver Marin Larkspur lady's bike, a red and white Giant OCR man's bike and a custom-built gold and bronze BMX bike.


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