Family devastated after quad bike theft in Slade Farm near Radlett

Watford Observer: Family devastated after quad bike theft Family devastated after quad bike theft

Children left heartbroken after their mini motorbikes were stolen say they have lost their hopes and dreams for the year.

A gang broke into a shipping container in Slade Farm in Butterfly Lane, near Radlett, in an organised raid and took £12,000 worth of mini motorbikes and quad bikes belonging to the four children.

During the break-in, which happened between midnight on Tuesday and 6am on Wednesday last week, the thieves also stole items such as personalised helmets and knee pads.

They cut open the locks with what appear to be angle-grinders to cut their way into the container.

Lee Aldridge, who owns the shipping container, stored his four children’s bikes in the shed and said he ‘felt sick’ when he arrived at work and saw the place had been ransacked.

He said Jasmine, ten, Maisie, seven, Aaron, five and Lily, three, who all live in Acme Road, Watford, were all still struggling to understand why someone took away their favourite hobby.

The 42-year-old added: "To see the twinkle in their eyes when they were on those bikes was just priceless. Thinking about their little faces when I broke the news still gives me a lump in my throat.

"Jasmine did not want to go to school because she could not stop crying when we broke the news to her.

"We had so many big dreams with those bikes - we had planned a summer holiday where we were going to take part in biking events but now that has all gone down the drain.

"The thieves not only stole their bikes - they stole their hopes, dreams and holiday for the year. They are animals with no moral fibre in their bodies."

No arrests have been made.

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9:56am Thu 31 Jan 13

PhilCox says...

Hope the police catch them.
Hope the police catch them. PhilCox
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12:26pm Thu 31 Jan 13

S/O man says...

I do take it that they were insured? if that is the case then they will be replaced by the summer,so not to worry, just hope the thieves get caught.
I do take it that they were insured? if that is the case then they will be replaced by the summer,so not to worry, just hope the thieves get caught. S/O man
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12:47pm Thu 31 Jan 13

pepsiman says...

I doubt you can get insurance for leaving £12000.00 in a metal box which is probably away from the main house. If insurers won’t take the risk then don’t take it yourself. With tools available today it would take less than a minute to gain entry.
I doubt you can get insurance for leaving £12000.00 in a metal box which is probably away from the main house. If insurers won’t take the risk then don’t take it yourself. With tools available today it would take less than a minute to gain entry. pepsiman
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2:06pm Thu 31 Jan 13

OAC Bailiff says...

it doesnt matter what they were in the thieving scum shouldnt have taken them theres a lot of that going on around there lately i feel sorry for the poor kids what message does this send them
it doesnt matter what they were in the thieving scum shouldnt have taken them theres a lot of that going on around there lately i feel sorry for the poor kids what message does this send them OAC Bailiff
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3:07pm Thu 31 Jan 13

garston tony says...

I feel sorry for the kids and family and agree those that do this type of thing are scum.

Regards insurance I do hope they are covered although the tone of the article suggests not.
I feel sorry for the kids and family and agree those that do this type of thing are scum. Regards insurance I do hope they are covered although the tone of the article suggests not. garston tony
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3:35pm Thu 31 Jan 13

crazyfrog says...

has Mr Aldridge any pictures of the bikes and or the acceseories especially the helmets if they are personalised ? if he does ask the WO to upload them with serial numbers etc, you never know if the thieves try and sell them locally somebody may be able to identify them.
i hope the police can get this guy's belongings back !
has Mr Aldridge any pictures of the bikes and or the acceseories especially the helmets if they are personalised ? if he does ask the WO to upload them with serial numbers etc, you never know if the thieves try and sell them locally somebody may be able to identify them. i hope the police can get this guy's belongings back ! crazyfrog
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