Help for Heroes bikes stolen before Cotswolds triathlon

Entrance to campsite Twelve bikes belonging to beneficiaries and staff from Help for Heroes were taken from the Go-by-Cycle campsite in Somerford Keynes at about 01:00 BST

Related Stories

Bikes owned by injured servicemen were stolen before they were due to be used in a race in Gloucestershire.

Twelve bikes belonging to beneficiaries and staff from armed forces charity Help for Heroes were taken by thieves from the Go-by-Cycle campsite in Somerford Keynes in the early hours.

A 40-strong team from the charity was camping there prior to taking part in the Cotswold 113 triathlon.

Gloucestershire Police want anyone with information to contact them.

A spokeswoman for the Wiltshire-based charity said: "The thieves would have clearly seen a Help for Heroes banner on the tent as they carried the bikes away as it was a moonlit night."

She said that Team True Spirit, the group competing, comprises wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans from all over the UK who enjoy "ultra sport" challenges.

The Cotswold triathlon was to be their main training event for the Ironman UK challenge, which takes place on 20 July.

Help for Heroes co-founder Bryn Parry said it was "unforgivable that someone might choose to steal from servicemen, women and veterans who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses".

Mr Parry added that most of the equipment had been donated by members of the public.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Gloucestershire

Weather

Gloucester

Min. Night 16 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.