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Theft of husband's bike has changed my feelings about St Helens
I HAVE lived in St Helens for seven years. Until recently I loved the feel of the place, with the country versus town mix of friendly people making me feel comfortable.
I work full time and my husband works long hours as a chef. After funding his way through college we are now trying to pay back the money we used to keep the family afloat.
We booked a cheap holiday this year. The night before we went away I took the dog to the kennels and waited for my husband to come home from work.
At 1am I heard his motorbike pull in and by 2am was in bed. At 6am his alarm went off and we were up to sort things out for our flights.
He went outside to take his motorbike to lock up. I knew by his face when he came back that it had been stolen.
When insuring he volunteered to take more excess so we could afford the insurance.
Do thieves really understand the damage that they do? You see it is not the bike it’s £1,500 lost to us and that’s a lot especially when we can’t replace it.
The real problem for me is that because my husband works such late hours, he can’t get home.
He works near Bank Quay (Warrington) – a long way from Parr at that time of night – so now I wait up past midnight and get my four-year-old out of bed and disturb her sleep so I can go and pick him up from work.
This is going to continue until we can afford new transport. The damage is not the bike, the damage is a child having broken sleep.
The thief probably made £500 by stripping the bike down. I hope his or her conscience suffers knowing what you have done to my family.
I hope the disgusting person reads this and understands it isn’t just about the theft.
It will take me six months to replace what you took and in those six months my child will suffer because of you – all for a few quid.
It has changed my feelings towards where I live and it has made me look at my neighbours who have done nothing wrong. You look at everyone and everything and no longer know who you can trust.
People like us need to scrimp and save to afford things. We do it without stealing.
I sing in a local brilliant choir that raises money for various charities, we work hard, love our children and do our best to show them the correct work ethic.
We really didn’t deserve this. How many other people are left with the aftermath of theft?
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