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The Moped Diaries: charity bikes stolen in Strasbourg

Maria Ferrario and her father Luigi sitting on their mopeds
Image caption Maria and Luigi on the mopeds that were stolen

A father and daughter team travelling from Italy to Northern Ireland to raise money for charity have had their mopeds stolen in France.

Dr Maria Angela Ferrario and her father, Luigi, parked their bikes in the private car park of a hotel in Strasbourg on Saturday night.

The next morning hotel reception told them the bikes had been stolen during the night.

Most of their luggage was still on the mopeds when they were taken.

Maria Ferrario said: "It's really unfortunate. The police said another motorbike was also stolen from the hotel at the same time ours went missing."

The pair received word on Monday that Luigi's bike has since been recovered.

Dr Ferrario said that they intended to continue their trip with the two of them on one moped.

"However, we are hoping to get a lend of another scooter of whatever make, shape or year. Any help at all is welcome" she said.

On Wednesday 4 August, Dr Ferrario, who moved from Italy to Ireland 15 years ago, embarked on the trip with her 73-year-old father.

The 2,600km journey takes in five walled cities, a mountain pass 2km above sea level and the Isle of Man TT track.

Dr Ferrario is using the journey to raise money for Parkinson's UK in memory of her mother Rosetta who fought the disease for 30 years.

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