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Theft of 30st man's bike 'is devastating'
6:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
THIS is beyond devastating for me.”
Those are the words of a Southampton man whose specially made bike to cope with his size was stolen.
Earlier this year 30st Abdallah Adlan, 43, began learning to cycle in order to lose weight.
He bought a specially made red Specialized Rockhopper bike, which cost £900, and began learning to ride in April, with the help of cycling teacher Dilys Gartside.
Within a month he had already lost a stone in weight.
Abdallah, who is studying medical ethics at Birmingham Uni-versity, lives with his wife in Suttones Place, Archers Road, Shirley. He was devastated when he found that the bike had been stolen from a communal parking area just a day after he had completed his longest ride, seven miles through Southampton Common.
He said: “The bike helped me start to look at myself in a different way. Now I have lost a lot of the progress I was making.”
Teacher Dilys, from CycleWise cycle training in Southampton, said: “He was an absolute star pupil and was doing fantastically before this happened.”
Anyone with information can call 101 and ask to speak to Gail Clarance from the private custody investigation team.
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