Mother or father slams Derby college as bike theft leaves autistic son ‘devastated’
A mother or father has criticised a Derby college after his autistic son had his £2,800 bike stolen.
Joe Bedford rode his prized electrical bike to Derby Moor Academy and locked it up within the shed.
Eager to maintain it secure, he locked it up with as many as six padlocks.
However when the 15-year-old got here again to examine on his pleasure and pleasure at noon it was lacking.
His stepdad David Rawson, 44, says the college bike shed was not locked because it ought to have been, giving thieves quick access to his son’s bike.
In response, the college mentioned it could not assure the shed will probably be locked earlier than classes begin and urged pupils to safe their possessions with high-quality locks.
Now, a household buddy has set up an online fundraiser to help the Mickleover-based household.
It would increase cash to purchase Joe a brand new bike in addition to repay the debt incurred for the previous bike, because it was bought utilizing a bank card.
Mr Rawson spoke of his son’s heartbreak on the merciless theft.
“He was devastated, completely devastated,” he mentioned. “He was blaming himself, and he thought we’d inform him off or have a go at him.
“But it surely’s clearly not his fault that some thieving toad has taken his bike.
“Even now he thinks, ‘Why did they need to take my bike?’”
The bike theft occurred in February this yr between 8.30am and noon. Particulars emerged after an adolescent appeared at a youth court docket on August 21, accused of the theft.
Mr Rawson mentioned: “Joe rode it to high school after which locked it up within the college’s bike shed with six padlocks.
“Coming again to select it up later that day he discovered it wasn’t there.”
The six padlocks have been discovered close by and had been eliminated with what’s regarded as bolt croppers.
Mr Rawson mentioned: “It was within the college bike shed which is supposed to be locked, however it wasn’t locked that day.
“It’s locked day by day, however not this one.
“I believe the instructor was busy and didn’t do it from what the college instructed me.
“I don’t suppose that’s an excuse.”
Mr Rawson mentioned the household paid some huge cash for the bike, as they needed to make Joe comfortable.
He mentioned: “Joe determined he needed a brand new bike and due to his autism it needed to be an electrical bike.
“No different bike would do. As soon as he has his thoughts set on one thing it’s like his blinkers come on and he doesn’t see anything.
“So we mentioned he might have one if he saved up. He saved round £600 for a deposit and we paid for it on the bank card with the concept that he would slowly repay the remaining quantity.
“He’s nonetheless paying it off now. He can’t perceive why he has to pay for one thing that he doesn’t have.
“We tried to assert via the college’s insurance coverage however the college has refused to just accept legal responsibility for the theft.
“There wasn’t on the time, however now there’s signage saying that bikes are left there within the shed on the proprietor’s personal threat.”
A spokesperson for Derby Moor mentioned: “We’re sorry that Joe’s bike was stolen in the beginning of the yr and offered help to the household of their contact with college insurers.
“Whereas we offer a locked and secured facility when attainable, we won’t assure that the bike shed will probably be locked earlier than lesson begin.
“Our suggestion is that prime safety bike chains and locks are used contained in the shed, and costly tools prevented wherever attainable.”
The household contacted the police after the theft to research.
A Derbyshire police spokesperson mentioned: “A 16-year-old boy was questioned concerning the theft and was known as to court docket by way of a postal requisition.
“He appeared at Derby Youth Court docket on August 21 to reply two counts of theft of a pedal cycle.”
Court docket paperwork from the Crown Prosecution Service present that the costs have since been dropped in opposition to the alleged offender.
It’s because he has been sentenced for extra severe crimes, and “a conviction wouldn’t add something vital to the sentence he’s already serving”.
A household buddy has arrange a Go Fund Me web site to lift £4,8000 for the household.
This can repay the remaining £2,000 that Joe owes for the primary bike, and purchase him a model new alternative.
Euan Macsorley arrange the web page and even donated £120 of his personal cash to get it going.