Thieves snatch motorbike from injured ex-racer’s garage

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Rob Turner had put the bike up for sale shortly before it was stolen

A FORMER track racer was left feeling sick with anger after his motorbike worth thousands of pounds was stolen from his garage as he was trying to sell it.


The frustration caused by the theft of the orange KTM 350 EXC Six Days from Rob Turner’s Hordle property was further exacerbated by the fact it was no longer insured after he stopped riding it.

Speaking to the A&T, Mr Turner (39) explained he had decided to give up track racing after shattering his wrist when he came off the bike during a recent track n’ trail event on Salisbury Plain.

He put the vehicle up for sale on social media, but no one had come for a viewing before it was stolen from the garage in Acacia Road between 7pm on Saturday and 3pm the next day.

Valued at between £4,500 and £5,000, it had the registration number YD66 VAM, chassis number VBKEXA403HM282851 and engine number 0779218237.

“I felt absolutely sick,” Mr Turner said on Monday. “I can’t even focus today. I feel physically sick and didn’t sleep last night.

“I’m so cross that somebody could come onto our property and do that. It’s so disgusting.”

‘Police won’t do anything at all’

Stressing he always left the garage closed and locked, he told how he had done this before going out for dinner on Saturday night.

It was still secured when he got back later that night and he only discovered the theft had taken place when he opened it the next day to go in and feed his cat.

He later noticed what appeared to be scuffmarks on the ground outside the garage’s front door, leading him to question whether it had been prised open somehow.

Mr Turner, who runs a landscape company based in Milford, also expressed dissatisfaction at a lack of response from police.

“The police won’t do anything at all – they just gave me a crime reference number,” he continued.

“They don’t come out and take fingerprints. If they catch you speeding on a main road, they’re happy to take your money then!”

‘I felt absolutely sick’

He suggested the stolen bike may have since been taken to a track n’ trail race as no registration plates are required and entrants can just turn up and pay money on the day for a race.

Following his accident about two months ago, Mr Turner is expecting to spend at least another three months recovering, with physiotherapy needed to get his hand moving normally again. Fourteen pins and a plate had to be fitted in his wrist.

The fall, during only his second ride on the bike which he had bought in the summer, had led to his decision to sell it.

“I’m getting older, so these injuries take longer to recover from than they used to. It was a bit of an eye-opener to the danger. My partner advised me to sell it as she said it was too dangerous to have as a hobby,” he said.

Police investigating the theft are urging people to come forward if they may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area.

Two Hondas stolen

Another two motorcycles, a Honda CR250 and a Honda CR125 were stolen when thieves raided a barn in Cadnam in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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The two Honda motorbikes were stolen from an outbuilding in Cadnam in the early hours of Sunday morning

Entry was forced to the outbuilding at an address in Cadnam Lane before the offenders escaped with the bikes, which are both red.

Police have released images of the stolen bikes, and people who think they may have been offered them for sale are being asked to get in touch, as well as those who saw any suspicious activity around the time of the raid.

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire officers on 101, quoting crime reference number 44190450326 for the Hordle motorcycle theft or 44190449898 for the bikes stolen in Cadnam.

Crimestoppers can also be called on 0800 555 111.