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Theft puts brakes on charity cycle

PUBLISHED: 13:23 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 25 August 2010

FUNDRAISER: Spencer Harris.

FUNDRAISER: Spencer Harris.

PARENTS of a five-year-old boy who cycled ten miles for charity have had their bikes pinched. Julia and Adam Harris, of Carlton Road, Sidcup, had parked and locked their bikes near Tower Bridge on London s Embankment after the sponsored ride along the Th

PARENTS of a five-year-old boy who cycled ten miles for charity have had their bikes pinched.

Julia and Adam Harris, of Carlton Road, Sidcup, had parked and locked their bikes near Tower Bridge on London's Embankment after the sponsored ride along the Thames path for the British Red Cross.

It was their son Spencer's first major cycle last Saturday, for charity, from the O² Arena in Greenwich to London Bridge, since getting his first proper bike for Christmas.

But when they returned after some refreshments, their bikes - a Chris Boardman and lady's Giant worth £2,000 - had vanished.

To make matters worse, a camera they had used to record some mementoes of their special day was in one of the bike's panniers.

Ms Harris said: "You just don't expect your bikes to get stolen, it shocked us a bit to see they had gone.

"They were locked up with a supposedly reliable lock but someone has levered or sawed the locks off somehow.

"It certainly took the shine off what was a really good day. Spencer did so well, he could have cycled for another ten miles if he wanted to.

"He has always been brought up with bikes, riding a tag along until we bought him his first bike last Christmas."

Mrs Harris, who runs Changes Health Club in Bexleyheath, said: "We were amazed that he could do it so easily.

"Spencer raised £120 on the day from donations given by the public into a tin can.

"Hopefully with online contributions we should be able to hit our target of £500.

"The British Red Cross do a lot of very good work for people in this country as well as abroad."

To help Spencer reach his target visit: www.justgiving.com/cycle-spencer.

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