Stroke survivor speaks of anger after £500 bicycle is stolen from outside Norwich flat
PUBLISHED: 20:30 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 20:30 25 March 2018
A stroke survivor has spoken of his anger after the £500 bicycle he relies on to get to work was stolen from outside of his flat.
Sam Rayner, 30, suffered a stroke when he was 21, and cycling has played a big part in his road to recovery ever since.
He relies on his E-Voyager Prorider electric bike to travel from his home off Angel Road to his workplace in Hellesdon, but when he went to begin his commute on Thursday, he discovered it had been stolen.
Mr Rayner, who works at Hellesdon Hospital, said: “To start with I was angry, which has soon turned into being upset and dismayed that people think it is okay to just steal something.
“The bike was double locked to railings and had an alarm set, so the people who took it obviously knew what they were doing.”
As well as recovering from his stroke, Mr Rayner suffers from a rare autoimmune condition, which was the reason he invested in an electric-assisted bicycle rather than a standard model.
He said: “When I was recovering from my stroke I became quite unfit as I wasn’t able to be quite as active as I previous was.
“Having an electric bicycle made it much easier for me to get healthier and increase my fitness.”
The timing of the bicycle’s theft could not have come at a worse time for Mr Rayner, with he and fiancée Lauren Waystaffe saving for their wedding in October.
He said: “I can’t even begin to think about buying a new bike, as every spare penny we have at the moment is going into the wedding fund.
“A colleague has given me a regular bicycle, which I’m incredibly grateful for, and people have been helping me out with lifts, but it is still very frustrating.”
The bicycle is red and significantly longer than a regular bike and was stolen at some stage between 10pm on Wednesday, March 22 and 9am the following morning.
Anybody with information regarding the theft, or who may have seen the bike, is encouraged to contact Norfolk Police on 101.