Thieves take Cornwall charity cyclists' gear

Jambo cyclists The cyclists raised more than £8,000 for charity

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Charity cyclists lost most of their belongings when their support van was raided after a 14-day ride from London to Rome.

The 11 riders, who raised more than £8,000 for the Jambo Trust, were at the Colosseum in Rome when thieves struck.

Cameras, laptops and clothing worth more than £30,000 as well as other personal items such as memory cards were taken.

Cyclist Simon Press, 25, from Padstow, Cornwall said the group was "gutted".

'Huge inconvenience'

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"It brought the mood right down”

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The cyclists, who were raising money for two villages in Tanzania, had arrived in Rome last Friday after travelling about 100 miles a day from London.

Mr Press said: "The vehicle was in a secure car park while we were having pictures taken at the Colosseum.

"We all went back to the hotel but as we were in the foyer we got a call from the support van driver that the van had been broken into.

"Twenty bags with money, laptops... were gone, plus memory cards with a lot of memories of the trip.

"It was a huge inconvenience.

"We lost pretty much everything apart from our passports which had already been handed in at the hotel."

The cyclists work for Cornwall-based Jambo Recruitment.

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