Thieves steal charity rider’s racing bike from Northampton home

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A man who is training for a 100-mile bike ride as a tribute to his soldier son’s comrades has had his bike stolen from his Northampton home.

Chris Wildman, aged 56, from The Drive, Phippsville, was preparing for a London to Surrey ride for Help for Heroes.

But his white Boardman racing bike was taken from the garage of his home by thieves who used levers to retract the pin mechanism at the top of the door.

Mr Wildman, who has now installed advanced security measure on his garage, said: “I though it’d be safe given the garage is right next to the front door. But it just goes to show how vulnerable garages can be.

“I expect the thieves have spotted me on my drive with the bike and targeted us.

“It’s annoying because I haven’t been able to train since it was stolen two weeks ago, which is going to set me back in my training.”

Mr Wildman said he is raising money for the charity because he knows how it feels to see a son leave for Afghanistan and the constant worry it brings.

Although his son completed two tours without injury, some of his friends in the Royal Anglians were injured.

To sponsor Mr Wildman’s 100-mile ride visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Wildman1/

Witnesses or anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.