South East Wales

Mark Colbourne 'disgusted' by Pedal Power thefts

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Image caption Pedal Power hires out go-karts and pedal cars to raise funds to enable people to enjoy cycling

Thefts from a disabled cycling charity have left a Welsh Paralympic gold medallist "shocked and disgusted".

Six go-karts and a four-seater pedal car were taken from the Pedal Power site in Cardiff Bay.

Cyclist Mark Colbourne said the items taken were used to raise funds for disabled children so they can enjoy "the freedom of cycling".

South Wales Police said they were investigating the incident, which was reported to officers on Sunday.

Colbourne, from Tredegar in Blaenau Gwent, who is Patron of Pedal Power, said: "This cowardly act of theft and personal selfishness is totally unacceptable.

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Image caption Mark Colbourne said it was a 'cowardly act of theft'

"I hope the people responsible for this theft feel completely ashamed of themselves."

Pedal Power, based in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff, hires out bikes, go-karts and pedal cars to raise funds to encourage and enable people to enjoy cycling.

The charity said the thieves fraudulently hired the go-karts and pedal car, and must have had a vehicle parked nearby to load them up.

"We aim to help so many people - children with cerebral palsy, stroke victims, the visually impaired. It is so sad that our efforts can be undermined by these selfish people," said a member of staff.

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