Thieves cut locks to take bicycle girl, 11, saved for

11-year-old Emily Usher and her dad Paul whose bicycles were stolen from outside McDonalds in Wharf Green

11-year-old Emily Usher and her dad Paul whose bicycles were stolen from outside McDonalds in Wharf Green

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @EmmaDunnn

A SCHOOLGIRL has been left heartbroken after thieves stole the bike she bought with money she was given for Christmas.

Emily Usher and her father, Paul, of Taw Hill, had locked their bikes in Wharf Green when both of their bikes were stolen.

Emily, 11, a pupil at Bradon Forest School, had bought her £180 silver and black bike with money she had been given for Christmas and Paul said he was more worried about losing her bike than his own £2,200 bike.

Paul, 36, who is a health and safety officer, said: “We went out for a bike ride and decided we would go to town and pick a few things up. We pushed the bikes through town and locked them up outside McDonalds. It is busy and there is a camera and a sign which warns you’re on CCTV.

“We locked our bikes on the metal protective cover around the trees. When we came back they had cut through the lock.

“I spoke to a friend and he is 99 per cent positive he saw them pass by Fleming Way.”

Paul’s bike is a Cube XMS and is brushed aluminium and black in colour. It has road tyres rather than mountain bike tyres.

Emily’s bike is a silver and black Dunlop bike.

“My bike was very high spec, but more importantly my poor daughter’s bike was taken as well,” he said.

“She was devastated.”

The bikes were locked up at about 12.30pm on March 10 and it is thought they were taken by two men between 1.50-2.10pm.

“In total it’s nearly £2,500 worth. I am not happy. Why should I go to work to fund things like this? They have no right to take our bikes,” said Paul.

Emily said: “We were just walking down to where we had put our bikes and we saw that our bikes had gone. I didn’t really know what to do.

“I think they should have bought their own bikes. I had been waiting about seven months for a new bike when I bought that one in January. I think they should give it back but I don’t know if they will.”

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said witnesses saw the men make off in the direction of Fleet Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Larcombe at Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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8:45am Mon 19 Mar 12

oldbutawake says...

Why not publish the CCTV pictures? People might recognise the thieves.
Why not publish the CCTV pictures? People might recognise the thieves. oldbutawake
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9:04am Mon 19 Mar 12

nobody says...

I would not lock any bikes in the town centre, there are too many thieves looking for easy money.
Sad reflection on society that in broad daylight, probably right in front of people, they were able to cut locks and no-one said anything.
I would not lock any bikes in the town centre, there are too many thieves looking for easy money. Sad reflection on society that in broad daylight, probably right in front of people, they were able to cut locks and no-one said anything. nobody
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9:17am Mon 19 Mar 12

Robfm says...

oldbutawake you are right it is quite ridiculous when posting them could reveal their identity.

You may recall the theft of the charity boxes from the Rat Trap last week the images of the two offenders are very clear, someone would definitely know the culprits, but to my knowledge they haven't been released either.
oldbutawake you are right it is quite ridiculous when posting them could reveal their identity. You may recall the theft of the charity boxes from the Rat Trap last week the images of the two offenders are very clear, someone would definitely know the culprits, but to my knowledge they haven't been released either. Robfm
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9:18am Mon 19 Mar 12

umpcah says...

Alas bike theft is nothing new in Swindon. My daughter left her bike outside a sweetshop for a few minutes and it was gone when she came out. It was probably wheeled to a waiting van and sold to order in another town .
Alas bike theft is nothing new in Swindon. My daughter left her bike outside a sweetshop for a few minutes and it was gone when she came out. It was probably wheeled to a waiting van and sold to order in another town . umpcah
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9:38am Mon 19 Mar 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Yes, why not publish the CCTV pictures.


The true reality is that most CCTV that was put up was a waste of time and money. It use to act as a deterrent, but now that most criminals realise the pictures are too grainy and lack clarity they are routinely ignored.
Yes, why not publish the CCTV pictures. The true reality is that most CCTV that was put up was a waste of time and money. It use to act as a deterrent, but now that most criminals realise the pictures are too grainy and lack clarity they are routinely ignored. LordAshOfTheBrake
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9:47am Mon 19 Mar 12

Robh says...

The trouble with CCTV is the same as fixed speed cameras. Everyone knows where they are and avoids them or simply doesn't look at them.

They have never been a deterent against crime because they only record it not stop it.

Bobbies around the town centre is the only true deterent you can't expect the public to step in every time.
The trouble with CCTV is the same as fixed speed cameras. Everyone knows where they are and avoids them or simply doesn't look at them. They have never been a deterent against crime because they only record it not stop it. Bobbies around the town centre is the only true deterent you can't expect the public to step in every time. Robh
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11:24am Mon 19 Mar 12

PaulD says...

Just a thought, is it possible that the bikes were removed by the couincil due to where they were locked up? Probably not the case, I know.

Isn't there a secure compound for bikes in the Brunel car park?
Just a thought, is it possible that the bikes were removed by the couincil due to where they were locked up? Probably not the case, I know. Isn't there a secure compound for bikes in the Brunel car park? PaulD
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11:44am Mon 19 Mar 12

Hmmmf says...

£2,200.00 for a bicycle. Mind-boggling. Wonder how much he spent on the lock?
£2,200.00 for a bicycle. Mind-boggling. Wonder how much he spent on the lock? Hmmmf
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11:57am Mon 19 Mar 12

nobody says...

Hmmmf wrote:
£2,200.00 for a bicycle. Mind-boggling. Wonder how much he spent on the lock?
Strange that a search on the internet shows a brand new 2012 Cube XMS can be bought for, at most, £1200.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: £2,200.00 for a bicycle. Mind-boggling. Wonder how much he spent on the lock?[/p][/quote]Strange that a search on the internet shows a brand new 2012 Cube XMS can be bought for, at most, £1200. nobody
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1:03pm Mon 19 Mar 12

WoodsideLady says...

Very sorry to read this but Paul, having now announced the value of your bike I'd be very careful where you leave it now!!!
Very sorry to read this but Paul, having now announced the value of your bike I'd be very careful where you leave it now!!! WoodsideLady
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1:43pm Mon 19 Mar 12

Wigmeister says...

The headline should read: "11 year old would like a free bike please, blah blah!"

There is secure bicycle parking just yards away and cycle stands all over the town centre so why use the metal railings around the trees on Wharf Green? Couldn't be bothered to walk a few extra yards which is bizarre having just cycled in from Taw Hill. Duh!
The headline should read: "11 year old would like a free bike please, blah blah!" There is secure bicycle parking just yards away and cycle stands all over the town centre so why use the metal railings around the trees on Wharf Green? Couldn't be bothered to walk a few extra yards which is bizarre having just cycled in from Taw Hill. Duh! Wigmeister
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5:39pm Mon 19 Mar 12

Robfm of ukip says...

I think everything should be done to catch these thieves and bring them to justice.
Despicable
I think everything should be done to catch these thieves and bring them to justice. Despicable Robfm of ukip
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6:11pm Mon 19 Mar 12

Robh says...

Robfm of ukip wrote:
I think everything should be done to catch these thieves and bring them to justice.
Despicable
New handle then?? I think not.

Of course to some I'm Mr Bluh!!!
[quote][p][bold]Robfm of ukip[/bold] wrote: I think everything should be done to catch these thieves and bring them to justice. Despicable[/p][/quote]New handle then?? I think not. Of course to some I'm Mr Bluh!!! Robh
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8:03pm Mon 19 Mar 12

Itssomewheretowork says...

These look like sensible people and in that case as they did not use the secure cycle parking nearby or the proper cycle stands and the total bike value is such a large figure, they will have taken the sensible approach of taking out cycle insurance? Good luck with filling in the claim forms.
These look like sensible people and in that case as they did not use the secure cycle parking nearby or the proper cycle stands and the total bike value is such a large figure, they will have taken the sensible approach of taking out cycle insurance? Good luck with filling in the claim forms. Itssomewheretowork
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8:30pm Mon 19 Mar 12

Bored of Robfm says...

Robh wrote:
Robfm of ukip wrote:
I think everything should be done to catch these thieves and bring them to justice.
Despicable
New handle then?? I think not.

Of course to some I'm Mr Bluh!!!
Really?
Seriously?
Who cares?
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robfm of ukip[/bold] wrote: I think everything should be done to catch these thieves and bring them to justice. Despicable[/p][/quote]New handle then?? I think not. Of course to some I'm Mr Bluh!!![/p][/quote]Really? Seriously? Who cares? Bored of Robfm
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7:06am Wed 21 Mar 12

Always Grumpy says...

Robh wrote:
Robfm of ukip wrote:
I think everything should be done to catch these thieves and bring them to justice.
Despicable
New handle then?? I think not.

Of course to some I'm Mr Bluh!!!
Are you?
If you are, then I want to go back to weekly bin collections - can you sort it?
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robfm of ukip[/bold] wrote: I think everything should be done to catch these thieves and bring them to justice. Despicable[/p][/quote]New handle then?? I think not. Of course to some I'm Mr Bluh!!![/p][/quote]Are you? If you are, then I want to go back to weekly bin collections - can you sort it? Always Grumpy
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