A SHEFFIELD schoolboy has been left heartbroken after his £3,000 motocross racing bike was stolen.
Thomas Haddock, aged 11, was asleep when his bike was stolen from a secure outhouse in his garden, where it was chained and bolted.
It is believed to have been a pre-planned raid.
Thomas’s dad Carl, 48, of Thornbridge Drive, Frecheville, said specialist tools, including bolt cutters, had been used.
He said his son has had to pull out of a meeting in which he was due to race and had been left devastated at the theft.
“Thomas has only been riding competitively for a year but is up and coming and has already been approached by a sponsor for next year, so he is distraught that his bike has been taken,” he said.
“Motocross is his life - it’s what he lives for. He couldn’t go to school the day after the break-in because he was so upset and has been struggling to sleep.”
Carl said his son practises every Saturday and rides competitively every three weeks for three clubs: White Rose, WYSA and MX90.
The bike, a KTM85, had been adapted for Thomas to suit his height, weight and the way he rides.
“A lot of money has been spent on getting it just right for Thomas. I would recognise it instantly,” he said.
“It might have been taken by people thinking it is an adult’s bike, but it is for a child, so would be useless to others.
“We have circulated a description of it to all the riding clubs in case they spot anybody using it and we will offer a reward to get it back because it means everything to Thomas. We are all gutted for him.”
A pickaxe used by the thief or gang was left at the scene.
Police said the ‘high value’ 85cc bike, which has a two-stroke engine, is black with a green suspension and orange foot pegs, was stolen between 2.30am-3.30am on Monday.
n Anyone with information about the theft or whereabouts of the bike should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020 and quote incident 124 of October 10.
Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.