WCS Care appeals for information after residents’ bike stolen from Sycamores

WCS Care has launched an appeal for information with Warwickshire Police after a specially designed bike-for-two for care home residents was stolen in Leamington Spa last night (Thursday 16 April 2020).

Staff at Sycamores, on Sydenham Drive in Sydenham, called officers after noticing the bike was missing at around 11.30pm.

Jo Bullingham, Home Manager at Sycamores, said: ‘The team is devastated that the bike has been stolen from Sycamores.

It’s such a valued piece of equipment at the home because it brings so much pleasure to residents who regularly enjoy riding it around the garden.

What’s particularly disappointing is that it happened just hours after the nation showed their appreciation to key workers including NHS colleagues across the country, and our care team who are working incredibly hard to keep the virus out of our home.’

The burgundy-coloured ‘Roam’ branded bike is designed for two people to sit side-by-side in specially adapted seats, along with two sets of handlebars and four wheels.

During the theft, the care home’s garden fence was also extensively damaged, meaning residents are unable to safely use their outdoor space until it’s repaired.

Inspector Rupert Atkinson, from Warwickshire Police, said: ‘We are really disappointed to hear this specialised bike has been stolen from the home, especially during these difficult times where it was helping to bring joy to residents

Enquiries are ongoing and we would ask anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of the bike, or who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the location in the early hours of this morning, to please come forward.

Any information can be given to Warwickshire Police by calling 101 and quoting incident number 4 of 17 April 2020.’ 

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.