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Barkingside man offers £500 reward after scooter stolen with precious family gift inside

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 22 May 2017

The Yamaha X-max 250 model stolen from a Barkingside home on Sunday.Photo: Yamaha UK

The Yamaha X-max 250 model stolen from a Barkingside home on Sunday.Photo: Yamaha UK

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A grieving son wants Redbridge residents to help reunite him with the last gift his father ever gave him after his scooter was stolen on Sunday.

The Barkingside man, who lives just off Tomswood Hill, told the Recorder he was offering a £500 reward for any information leading to the return of the bike and the conviction of the thieves.

He said: “There was a white helmet in the locker under the seat that was given to me by my late father just before he died in December.

“It’s of immense sentimental value - you could even say I want the helmet back more than I want the bike.”

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman confirmed the grey Yamaha YP-250 Xmax scooter was reported stolen at 10.18pm yesterday, with the thieves making off with the motorbike sometime after 10pm.

No arrests have been made and inquiries continue.

The victim, who was in the house the scooter was parked outside, believes he would have heard the engine start.

He said: “They must have broken the steering lock and wheeled the scooter away to somewhere quiet where they tried to start it up.

“I’d only left the bike unlocked because I was about to nip out again.”

Now, he wants the people of Redbridge to help reunite him with the missing bike and helmet.

To help speed that process along, a £500 reward is on offer – with another £500 going to Marie Curie Cancer care in honour of the victim’s late father.

“I would love to meet these people and just find out why they decided to do this,” he said.

The Met spokeswoman warned that bikes, scooters and mopeds are often stolen to be used in other criminal activites.

She said: “The MPS is committed to detecting, disrupting and arresting those involved in moped-enabled offences using a variety of tactics to disrupt these organised crime networks.

“The use of mopeds, often stolen, in the course of criminal offences is a common tactic used by thieves and organised criminal networks in London and offences range from commercial burglaries to personal robberies.”

Anyone with information about the theft can contact police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC.

To speak to the victim about giving information and claiming the reward, call 0208 477 3957 or email Matthew.clemenson@archant.co.uk

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