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Up Holland soldier appeals for help to find motorbike stolen by thieves

Black and grey Honda 700 Transalp was taken from the driveway overnight last week

Lancashire Police

A soldier is appealing for help to find his motorbike that was stolen by thieves last week.

Mark, 47, from Up Holland is currently serving as a major with the army in East Africa.

Returning to his girlfriend’s home in Up Holland on leave, Mark was looking forward to taking his black and grey Honda 700 Transalp out on the road.

But just days after his return Mark’s bike was stolen last Tuesday night by thieves.

Mark, said: “I can’t believe this has happened it was literally stolen off the drive outside the house overnight.

“I think they must have literally picked up the bike and put it onto the back of a van before driving off.

“We’ve been in touch with the police but they think it’s unlikely they’re going to be able to do anything.

“They suggested I go and look round local scrap metal dealers but that isn’t something I should have to do.

“My motorbike is my pride and joy, I’ve been waiting so long for a break and have been really looking forward to riding it around and going to see friends.

“I was planning to take a trip up to Scotland to see some mates and do some climbing, but now I’ve got no form of transport that’s going to be very difficult.

“I’ve risked my life countless times for my country over my 30 years in the forces and for this to happen during my precious leave is just awful and not what I deserve.

“To think that your property isn’t safe on your own driveway anymore is a very sad state of affairs.

“I just want to warn other people out there that these thefts are happening and if it gets my bike back even better.”

A spokesperson for Lancashire police, said: “We were informed about the theft of the motorbike from the driveway of a semi-detached house in Up Holland on August 6.

“We believe the bike was taken by one person or a small group of people and was either wheeled away or picked up and carried from behind the wheelie bins.

“We are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time that perhaps saw something suspicious to get in touch with us, no arrests have been made as of yet.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference number: CJ1408327 or alternatively to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

No personal details will be taken and you will not have to go to court.