'It's ended my career' - Speedway racer's van and bikes stolen
- Credit: Ian Burt/Supplied by Ryan Kinsley
The theft of a van containing three motorbikes and loads of kit has left a Norfolk speedway racer devastated.
Ryan Kinsley, from Matlaske in north Norfolk, was staying at Sporting Lodge Hotel in Middlesbourgh when his van was stolen overnight between Friday and Saturday (September 3-4).
Although the van was later recovered by the police, the motorbikes and other equipment are still missing.
Mr Kinsley, 22, said: "This has ended my racing career. I can't afford to replace the equipment, I'd be looking at £15,000 - £20,000.
"It has taken me my whole career to get to where I was. Speedway is part of my life. To see everything you've worked for taken in a heartbeat really knocks you off your feet."
You may also want to watch:
Mr Kinsley said he had been at a speedway meeting in Redcar, and was staying Middlesborough in North Yorkshire before going onto another event in Berwick on Saturday evening.
He said he was relieved that at least the van had been found, but the loss of the bikes and other equipment was hard to bear.
- 1 Man dies in hospital after fight near Norfolk pub
- 2 Spectacle of light with 'Norfolk's biggest ever firework display' announced
- 3 Huge seaside home with indoor pool for sale for £600,000
- 4 The Bill star reveals he has moved to Norfolk and why he loves it
- 5 Petrol stations close nationally as HGV driver crisis worsens
- 6 Queues form at Norfolk petrol stations - despite reassurances over stock
- 7 Rare Airbus Beluga XL spotted over Norfolk
- 8 Some queues - but business largely as usual at Norfolk's petrol stations
- 9 Delays on A47 after lorry overturns
- 10 SOLD! Royal Arcade goes for £2m MORE than guide price
He said: "The whole idea was to stay up there and do the two meetings and come home on Saturday night. The police have now got the van, but the dash has been smashed up and all the contents have gone. As well as the bikes there were spare parts, body armour, helmets, all my kit.
"I'm left with nothing. They have got to do the forensics on the van, and then it will go to insurance and it might be classed as a write off."
Mr Kinsley said he worked five days a week as an MOT tester and motor mechanic to be able to afford his speedway hobby, which he has been at for about six years.
He said he was grateful to people who had offered words of sympathy on social media.
"I can't thank everyone enough for the support they have already shown," he said.
"It's a waiting game now, hopefully if we get the word to enough people, someone will see something and the bikes will show up."
Mr Kinsley said the theft had been reported to the police, and they had given him the reference number SE2114 9139.
Cleveland Police, based in Middlesbrough, have also been contacted for comment.