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Old 06/11/2017, 08:12 AM
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Mike Hobbs, Cambridgeshire VMCC stalwart and friend has put out this sad report. Although seemingly no Greeves were there to be stolen, the further the word goes out on what was taken the better.

Also it serves as yet another reminder that our motorcycles are clearly being targeted by the thieving bastards. Well-organised bastards too! Here's Mike:

"I hoped that I would never have to write an e-mail like this but with the conniving scum that we have in this world today I suppose it was inevitable.

During the course of Wednesday night my large shed was broken into and nine motorcycles were stolen. My lovely old 1930 BSA Sloper, 1968 Bantam Sports, Richard's 1927 AJS, 1926 Coventry Eagle, 1952 125 Bantam, 1946 Ariel twin port, 1948 BSA ZB, 1914 New Hudson and the 1933 Francis Barnett Lapwing have gone. Poor Drew, who kept some bikes here as he is short of space at home, had his lovely 1929 Ariel 250 LH taken together with his beautiful 1952 Ariel VHA that he has only just finished building.

They stole Richard's 4 wheel car trailer, which was chained to ground anchors on the concrete floor of the yard. A fence was broken, but fortunately not one that kept the horses in. The cheeky bastards even had an electric chainsaw to cut a hole in the side hedge so they could get a vehicle on the site.

If the alarm went off, we didn't hear it. Needless to say, if any one hears of anything through the trade, at auto-jumbles or through social media, or eBay or any other sale site I would be very grateful.

Apart from that, I will have to be philosophical and move on. Bigger locks will be fitted and new alarms will be fitted, that you can hear in St Ives.

They never took my electric start Japanese bike so I can still go on the ride outs. But, it will never be the same, even if the insurances coughs up for replacements.

The Police have given me a crime number and offered victim support. Great!"
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Old 06/11/2017, 08:31 AM
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A sad state of affairs. Obviously organised criminals stealing to order, probably for an overseas collector. Note they took all the high value bikes and left the 'grey porridge' bikes like Mike's Greeves and the Jap bike. Sign of the times, and a direct result of escalating bike values fueled by 'inflation proof' touting dealers pushing prices into ridiculous figures. So not only making the bikes vulnerable to thieves but putting them out of reach of people who still want to actually ride them and enjoy them. Luckily most Greeves are not in that bracket yet but are sadly getting there.
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Old 06/11/2017, 09:30 AM
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Default There too!

My sympathies go out to the victims of this cruel event. I lost a 1955 DOT in very similar circumstances earlier this year. I too was given a crime number and offer of counselling when all I really wanted was my bike back, or at least more convincing reassurance that the burglary was being actively pursued!

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Old 06/11/2017, 07:27 PM
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Would it help to put it out on my Facebook page?
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Old 06/11/2017, 07:44 PM
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WE need to circulate frame and engine numbers to all possible avenues. Without those, nobody can do anything.
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Old 06/11/2017, 08:50 PM
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WE need to circulate frame and engine numbers to all possible avenues. Without those, nobody can do anything.
Probably to late Brian, they are probably in a container and out of the country by now. No one would be stupid enough to sell these on eBay (would they?)
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Old 06/11/2017, 10:25 PM
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I circulated details of mine on Facebook, GRA Forum, DOT Club newsletter, Old Bike Mart, Trials & MX News, Classic Bike, local dealers (Andy Tiernan, Orwell M/cs, Copdock M/cs, Bob Nicholls et al) and have been "keeping tabs" on all and on eBay since but all to no avail, so I guess you're probably right, John.

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Old 06/11/2017, 10:30 PM
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We did have success with 3 bikes stolen within the South Midland Centre and they were dumped only a few days after the theft.
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Old 09/11/2017, 08:27 AM
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I circulated details of mine on Facebook, GRA Forum, DOT Club newsletter, Old Bike Mart, Trials & MX News, Classic Bike, local dealers (Andy Tiernan, Orwell M/cs, Copdock M/cs, Bob Nicholls et al) and have been "keeping tabs" on all and on eBay since but all to no avail, so I guess you're probably right, John. (I suspect it's a whole lot more than the Police have done, too.)
Unfortunately the Police are now stretched to breaking point and the officer allocated to this crime would not be able or indeed authorised to spend time contacting dealers, owners clubs, forums, press and ‘social media’. It’s frustrating but don’t have a go at the Police.
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Old 09/11/2017, 09:17 AM
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Not "having a go", Sherpatensing, just sayin' .............. Have withdrawn comment in case it continues to give unintended offence.

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