Biker’s dream to ride again ruined

Colin Harvey,from Ackworth, has had a motorbike - which he was was working on to cheer himself up after having three heart attacks in January - stolen from his garage, days away from its completion
Colin Harvey,from Ackworth, has had a motorbike - which he was was working on to cheer himself up after having three heart attacks in January - stolen from his garage, days away from its completion
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DEVASTATED grandad Colin Harvey – who had three heart attacks in January – has had the motorbike he was working on to help his recovery stolen from his home in Ackworth.

Mr Harvey, 61, called police after he discovered the Honda XBR500 motorbike was missing from his garage on Sunday May 13.

Mr Harvey, of Beverley Garth, said: “When I saw the bike was gone my heart hit the floor, it was the last thing that I had which could make me feel like myself again before the heart attacks.

“I am absolutely destroyed that lowlives would come and steal this bike from me. I had spent months polishing it and years collecting the right parts, screws and bolts to revive it back to its former glory.”

The grandfather-of-ten bought the bike five years ago and was in the final stages of preparing it for the road.

Police contacted Mr Harvey the day after the theft to say the bike had been found in Hemsworth, but it had been set on fire and was irreparable.

The former bus driver added: “I spent so long working on that bike and it has just been torched by idiots.

“I just wanted to get back out on the open road again. That’s the only thing that would have made me feel better but now I’m back to square one.”

His daughter Mandy said: “The bike was my dad’s life and it was the best thing for him after the traumatic experience in January.

“If there is anyone out there who wants to help him rebuild what he has lost we would be extremely grateful.

“Over the past five years he built the bike with the support and generosity of others and we want to help him do it again.”

To contact Mr Harvey, call him on 01977 619692.