My heartbreak over £20k motorbike theft

Distraught – Terry Wall only has his crash helmet after his Kawasaki Ninja was stolen

My heartbreak over £20k motorbike theft

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A MOTORBIKE fanatic is distraught after raiders stole his £20,000 prized possession.

Terry Wall, 60, of Cokefield Avenue, Southend, is offering a £1,000 reward for information which leads to the recovery of his custom-made Kawasaki Ninja.

Mr Wall has spent nearly every day of the past two years modifying the bike and was going to take it to his first bike show on the Isle of White at the end of the month.

However, thieves cut through a padlock on a locked gate and then broke into a metal framed garage to steal the bike.

Mr Wall said: “When I noticed it had gone it felt like a hole had opened up and swallowed me. I stood there for minutes just not quite taking it in. It’s a horrible feeling, like being violated.

“The bike is worth a lot of money but more frustrating is it’s taken me two years to get it to this point. There has been all this hard work, the disappointment of not being able to get something working, then cracking it and feeling so satisfied, and now all that has gone.”

When speaking to his insurance company, Mr Wall was told bikers in Southend were being targeted.

He said: “The words my insurer used were that Southend was getting a hammering. They said there had been a couple around Southend on the same night and there had been some on the days before and since.

“They suspect it could be a gang of Eastern Europeans and that’s where the bikes are ending up.”

He is now installing an alarm system to his property and has launched an appeal on Facebook for information, which has been shared by about 6,000 people so far.

He added: “Within the first hour of me posting it 2,000 people had shared it. Out of something so negative something positive has come from this. I have been overwhelmed with the support.

“There are a lot of not very nice people out there but there are a lot of incredible people, too.

“Bikes have been my life since I was 14 and this is a huge blow to me.”

Anyone with information about the theft, which happened between 10am on Tuesday and 6.30am on Wednesday last week can call police on 101 or e-mail terry.wall@blueyonder.co.uk.

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9:17am Wed 21 May 14

SLord90 says...

So sad, hope you find it mate! x
So sad, hope you find it mate! x SLord90
  • Score: -6

9:19am Wed 21 May 14

pembury53 says...

on a positive note, a few more years of 'cultural diversity' and we''ll all have nothing else left to nick....
on a positive note, a few more years of 'cultural diversity' and we''ll all have nothing else left to nick.... pembury53
  • Score: 34

12:03pm Wed 21 May 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

I feel your pain chap..... I do hope it is recovered mate

Good luck and sorry too hear
I feel your pain chap..... I do hope it is recovered mate Good luck and sorry too hear Bernard Fatsack
  • Score: 4

12:30pm Wed 21 May 14

Letmetryagain says...

“......They suspect it could be a gang of Eastern Europeans and that’s where the bikes are ending up......”

Surely not ?, I thought they were all lovely people.
“......They suspect it could be a gang of Eastern Europeans and that’s where the bikes are ending up......” Surely not ?, I thought they were all lovely people. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 30

12:31pm Wed 21 May 14

emcee says...

Quote: "He is now installing an alarm system to his property..."
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As nearly all the alarm activations these days are "false" alarms (mainly due to inferior quality/installation or because they get incorrectly set) they just get ignored. Even the police do not bother attending alarms anymore because of this. This means that unless you are on the premises yourself at the time of the break-in alarms are next to useless.
Quote: "He is now installing an alarm system to his property..." - As nearly all the alarm activations these days are "false" alarms (mainly due to inferior quality/installation or because they get incorrectly set) they just get ignored. Even the police do not bother attending alarms anymore because of this. This means that unless you are on the premises yourself at the time of the break-in alarms are next to useless. emcee
  • Score: 12

5:06pm Wed 21 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

good luck with the recovery mate I hope you get it back soon.
good luck with the recovery mate I hope you get it back soon. John Bull 40
  • Score: 6

5:52pm Wed 21 May 14

Blind Haze says...

'Isle of White'???

Hope you get your bike back Terry.
'Isle of White'??? Hope you get your bike back Terry. Blind Haze
  • Score: 4

6:35pm Wed 21 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

So you would be happy leaving a briefcase with £20,000 in your garage.
I wouldn't be so stupid .As a person who has done locksmithing on a profession level for 14 years. I can get in most locks in under 5 mins. In my road if someone loses their keys they knock me up!
I would think that it was broken down in 12 hours. But I do wish that he gets it back. If you do get a locksmith to advise you how to protect it
So you would be happy leaving a briefcase with £20,000 in your garage. I wouldn't be so stupid .As a person who has done locksmithing on a profession level for 14 years. I can get in most locks in under 5 mins. In my road if someone loses their keys they knock me up! I would think that it was broken down in 12 hours. But I do wish that he gets it back. If you do get a locksmith to advise you how to protect it Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -2

6:58pm Wed 21 May 14

Nelly99 says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
So you would be happy leaving a briefcase with £20,000 in your garage. I wouldn't be so stupid .As a person who has done locksmithing on a profession level for 14 years. I can get in most locks in under 5 mins. In my road if someone loses their keys they knock me up! I would think that it was broken down in 12 hours. But I do wish that he gets it back. If you do get a locksmith to advise you how to protect it
What a stupid, heartless, thoughtless comment. This poor man locked his bike and it was stolen. You cannot protect against thieves if they are determined.
And you are so clever you can get in anywhere in seconds! If I lived in your road I,d have you down as the first suspect in any burglary. Arrogant ****!
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: So you would be happy leaving a briefcase with £20,000 in your garage. I wouldn't be so stupid .As a person who has done locksmithing on a profession level for 14 years. I can get in most locks in under 5 mins. In my road if someone loses their keys they knock me up! I would think that it was broken down in 12 hours. But I do wish that he gets it back. If you do get a locksmith to advise you how to protect it[/p][/quote]What a stupid, heartless, thoughtless comment. This poor man locked his bike and it was stolen. You cannot protect against thieves if they are determined. And you are so clever you can get in anywhere in seconds! If I lived in your road I,d have you down as the first suspect in any burglary. Arrogant ****! Nelly99
  • Score: 12

11:15pm Wed 21 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Nelly99 wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
So you would be happy leaving a briefcase with £20,000 in your garage. I wouldn't be so stupid .As a person who has done locksmithing on a profession level for 14 years. I can get in most locks in under 5 mins. In my road if someone loses their keys they knock me up! I would think that it was broken down in 12 hours. But I do wish that he gets it back. If you do get a locksmith to advise you how to protect it
What a stupid, heartless, thoughtless comment. This poor man locked his bike and it was stolen. You cannot protect against thieves if they are determined.
And you are so clever you can get in anywhere in seconds! If I lived in your road I,d have you down as the first suspect in any burglary. Arrogant ****!
Let's hope you don't lose your keys!
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: So you would be happy leaving a briefcase with £20,000 in your garage. I wouldn't be so stupid .As a person who has done locksmithing on a profession level for 14 years. I can get in most locks in under 5 mins. In my road if someone loses their keys they knock me up! I would think that it was broken down in 12 hours. But I do wish that he gets it back. If you do get a locksmith to advise you how to protect it[/p][/quote]What a stupid, heartless, thoughtless comment. This poor man locked his bike and it was stolen. You cannot protect against thieves if they are determined. And you are so clever you can get in anywhere in seconds! If I lived in your road I,d have you down as the first suspect in any burglary. Arrogant ****![/p][/quote]Let's hope you don't lose your keys! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 1

12:41pm Thu 22 May 14

rude boy says...

Poor man people will nick the milk out off your tea this days hope u find it.
Poor man people will nick the milk out off your tea this days hope u find it. rude boy
  • Score: 0

7:05pm Thu 22 May 14

sesibollox says...

Bernard Fatsack wrote:
I feel your pain chap..... I do hope it is recovered mate

Good luck and sorry too hear
Share the pain, of a halfwit, dreaming of Ninjas and living in Cokefield Avenue...
[quote][p][bold]Bernard Fatsack[/bold] wrote: I feel your pain chap..... I do hope it is recovered mate Good luck and sorry too hear[/p][/quote]Share the pain, of a halfwit, dreaming of Ninjas and living in Cokefield Avenue... sesibollox
  • Score: 1

8:03pm Thu 22 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Nelly99 wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote: So you would be happy leaving a briefcase with £20,000 in your garage. I wouldn't be so stupid .As a person who has done locksmithing on a profession level for 14 years. I can get in most locks in under 5 mins. In my road if someone loses their keys they knock me up! I would think that it was broken down in 12 hours. But I do wish that he gets it back. If you do get a locksmith to advise you how to protect it
What a stupid, heartless, thoughtless comment. This poor man locked his bike and it was stolen. You cannot protect against thieves if they are determined. And you are so clever you can get in anywhere in seconds! If I lived in your road I,d have you down as the first suspect in any burglary. Arrogant ****!
And you are who! To make a comment A (man of many log in names ) to back up krap comments. loser!!
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: So you would be happy leaving a briefcase with £20,000 in your garage. I wouldn't be so stupid .As a person who has done locksmithing on a profession level for 14 years. I can get in most locks in under 5 mins. In my road if someone loses their keys they knock me up! I would think that it was broken down in 12 hours. But I do wish that he gets it back. If you do get a locksmith to advise you how to protect it[/p][/quote]What a stupid, heartless, thoughtless comment. This poor man locked his bike and it was stolen. You cannot protect against thieves if they are determined. And you are so clever you can get in anywhere in seconds! If I lived in your road I,d have you down as the first suspect in any burglary. Arrogant ****![/p][/quote]And you are who! To make a comment A (man of many log in names ) to back up krap comments. loser!! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

8:45pm Thu 22 May 14

rude boy says...

U cud put 300 hundred locks on something if they want it that much they will get it
U cud put 300 hundred locks on something if they want it that much they will get it rude boy
  • Score: -1

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