Lifeguard Buoyed By Bike Recovery31 Aug 2017
A stolen bike belonging to a teenage lifeguard from Woodley, Wokingham, has been recovered and returned to its rightful owner.
The bike was registered on BikeRegister under the young girl’s mother’s name, Natalie Ward.
Mrs Ward’s daughter had locked her bike to a bike stand before starting work as a lifeguard at a local leisure centre on 17th July.
After her shift had finished, she got a sinking feeling that something was amiss as she returned to an empty bike stand and realised that the thief had just hacked the lock off and ridden away.
The family thought they would never see the bike again. Mrs Ward said: “We went on holiday on 25th July and my daughter’s bike was recovered during this time by a very kind lady who found it in a field whilst she was out walking her dog in Binfield.
“The bike had been thrown in a bush, so she took the time to get it out of the bush, take it home and contact BikeRegister.
We were totally surprised to see the bike again, and very thankful that the marking had worked.”
The bike was originally marked at Mrs Ward’s daughter’s school through a bike marking scheme funded by Wokingham Council. The scheme has been running since 2009.
“Although the bike is severely damaged, we were most pleased that someone had taken the time to ensure the bike was returned. Thank you to everyone involved.”
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