A world-champion paratriathlete from Eckington is appealing for help from the public after three of his bikes were stolen.
Steve Judge, 42, woke up on Thursday, November 5 to find that his garage had been broken into and his mountain bike, a road bike and a £3,000 time-trial bike had gone.
He initially thought another had gone but his son’s bike was found nearby after being thrown over a hedge.
Steve said: “It’s just such a shame - I was in tears that morning.
“I spent years saving up for these bikes - people say they are replaceable but they have so many memories for me.
“I won the world championships in 2011 on the road bike and in 2012 on the time-trial bike.
“One even had my children’s names, Robert and Suzanna, on the gear shifts so they have massive sentimental value.”
The three bikes Steve wants people to look out for are a black Specialized ‘Rockhopper’ mountain bike with front suspension, a silver Specialized road bike and a black ‘Stealth’ Planet X time-trial bike.
In the three weeks since the crime took place the police haven’t turned up anything so now Steve is handing out flyers in the local area and offering a cash reward for information that might track them down.
Steve, who became a motivational speaker after he retired from competition, says he has used a lot of the messages he gives out in his talks to get over the burglary, but that it has been ‘difficult’.
Anyone who has any information about the bikes can call either Steve on 07939 220784 or the police on 101 quoting crime number 47812/15.