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Sheffield dad snares Tour sign thief

Cote de Oughtibridge summit sign

Cote de Oughtibridge summit sign

  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

A dad has spoken of catching a thief trying to steal a Tour de France sign in Sheffield - on the day elite cyclists rode through the city.

Graham Allsopp, of Middlewood, was just leaving the spectator hub at Oughtibridge on July 6 when he saw the culprit carrying the specially-made sign.

The 54-year-old cycle trainer intervened and handed the sign - which had been cut from its fixture - to staff at Coronation Park. It is now safe in storage.

It comes after the council confirmed around 40 of the signs were taken as souvenirs.

Tour Maker volunteer Graham said: “I thought this sign is going to be a part of Oughtibridge’s history and I was really annoyed that somebody could just walk off with it.”

Another of the signs has appeared on eBay and has been reported to the police. The signs, paid for by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will cost £6,500 to replace.

 

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