TWO Sheffield brothers who race quad bikes competitively are unable to take part any more after their machines were stolen.
Tom and Ben Charlesworth, aged 17 and 11, race at tracks all over the north of England and are quickly rising up the ranks.
But now their bikes have been stolen from their home on Rowell Lane, Loxley - meaning they are unable to race this season unless the machines are found and returned.
Their family is offering a reward for information leading to the safe return of the bikes, and South Yorkshire Police are investigating.
Mum Jane Charlesworth said the boys are “gutted”.
“It means all the points they have accumulated over the season won’t mean anything, so all their hard work and effort won’t be recognised if they can’t finish the season - it’s really disappointing for them both,” she said.
“Racing quads is all the boys do in their spare time - it is their lives.”
She said the bikes are both distinctive, highly specialised and adapted for the boys’ needs and, although they are insured, they are irreplaceable.
Tom’s bike is a Honda TRX450R with white plastics, a black powder coated frame, and the number 55 on the front and back.
Ben’s bike is a 100cc geared Cobra with a green frame and yellow plastics and the number 32 on the front and rear.
Anyone with information about the theft of the bikes should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.