Police are appealing for information after a bicycle with huge sentimental value was stolen from outside Worthing Hospital.
The bike belongs to Reverend David Hill, and was used by his two sons before they tragically died in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon in 2018.
Reverend Hill, who also works as the hospital chaplain, left the bike secure on Lyndhurst Road around 8.15am on Tuesday, July 19. However, when he returned around 5.05pm that day, it was gone.
The bike is a Scott Scale hardtail carbon bike with a distinctive white and yellow frame, silver pedals and a white saddle.
Reverend Hill said: “This was the last bike my grown-up children rode before they went to America, where they were killed in the Grand Canyon.
“I am hoping the monetary value of the bike will be covered by insurance, but there is nothing that can replace the fact that this was a bike with huge sentimental value.
“The bike itself is worth around £2,000 but the emotional value is absolutely priceless. I am devastated it has been stolen. ”
Officers investigating the theft have carried out a number of enquiries to try and recover the bike, but to no avail and are now hoping that releasing the CCTV footage (below) could lead to identification of the suspect shown using an unknown implement to break the lock and make off from the scene on the bike.
They are also appealing for anyone who may see the bicycle, either in the area or being offered for sale, to get in touch so it can be returned to its rightful owner.
Anyone who has any information relating to the theft is asked to report to police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 62 of 10/08.
Reverend Hill added: “Sometimes we hear people say the police do not get involved in small matters of theft, but they have proved to me that they do care and I appreciate their efforts.”
Members of the public are urged to report any incidents of theft to police. For more information on steps you can take to try and protect your bicycle from theft, visit our website here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/how-safe-is-your-bike/