Theft of over £25,000 worth of motocross bikes at Matterley Bowl near Winchester

Daily Echo: Theft of over £25,000 worth of motocross bikes Theft of over £25,000 worth of motocross bikes

THIEVES made off with more than £25,000 worth of motorcycles from the British Motocross Grand Prix in Hampshire.

Six bikes were taken during the event at the Matterley Bowl attended by some 25,000 people.

Police believe a gang may have targeted the event to steal the bikes.

Three of the bikes were specialist models worth a combined £21,000. Owned by Husqvarna Motorcycles they were on display at the company’s show truck and tent in the main grand prix paddock.

The alarm was raised when someone on a nearby stand saw three men pushing the bikes through a fence.

Husqvarna spokesman Dave Plummer said: “It’s very disappointing that there was no security around at the time.

“That paddock should have been like Fort Knox. No one should have been able to get anything out of there.”

Between Thursday night and Friday morning a 14- year-old boy, visiting with his family from the Canary Islands, had a £5,500 KTM trial bike stolen.

During the same time period a 49-year-old Dutch man had two motorcycles stolen from the rear of his van.

No arrests have been made.

Sergeant Stuart Gilmore, of North Walls police station in Winchester , believes the thefts could be the work of one gang.

He said: “There is a possibility that all three thefts are linked.”

Husqvarna Motorcycles is offering a reward for information leading to the recovery of its missing bikes.

Contact Dave Plummer on dave.plummer@husqvarnamotorcycles.co.uk or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Despite problems away from the track there was a successful weekend of racing on it. History was also made at the event when 339 riders paraded down the track at the same time.

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1:28pm Tue 21 Aug 12

sarfhamton says...

Sounds like these guys were badly let down by the security firm, perhaps they should pay the reward?
Sounds like these guys were badly let down by the security firm, perhaps they should pay the reward? sarfhamton
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2:47pm Tue 21 Aug 12

bernard7 says...

Did they not at least put chains through the wheels or a disc lock on them? That would have made it a lot more difficult to just wheel them off.
Did they not at least put chains through the wheels or a disc lock on them? That would have made it a lot more difficult to just wheel them off. bernard7
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4:32pm Tue 21 Aug 12

Georgem says...

I wonder if this is one of those rare instances where the people who actually stole the items are to blame...
I wonder if this is one of those rare instances where the people who actually stole the items are to blame... Georgem
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5:57pm Tue 21 Aug 12

freefinker says...

Georgem wrote:
I wonder if this is one of those rare instances where the people who actually stole the items are to blame...
.. ooooh, that a bit radical.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: I wonder if this is one of those rare instances where the people who actually stole the items are to blame...[/p][/quote].. ooooh, that a bit radical. freefinker
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7:34pm Tue 21 Aug 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

I hope you had Insurance!
I hope you had Insurance! Fatty x Ford Worker
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8:17pm Wed 22 Aug 12

jimmy212 says...

I was working this event and the three bikes from the paddock where bolted to the floor and also chained up
I was working this event and the three bikes from the paddock where bolted to the floor and also chained up jimmy212
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8:48pm Mon 10 Sep 12

diamond man says...

sarfhamton wrote:
Sounds like these guys were badly let down by the security firm, perhaps they should pay the reward?
must of been a real world security company working, stolen from under there noses
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Sounds like these guys were badly let down by the security firm, perhaps they should pay the reward?[/p][/quote]must of been a real world security company working, stolen from under there noses diamond man
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9:29pm Mon 10 Sep 12

diamond man says...

hope they were fully covered with liability insurance in place
hope they were fully covered with liability insurance in place diamond man
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