PENSIONER Fred Peevor was dismayed to find his beloved bicycle had been stolen while he was out collecting a curry to celebrate his wife’s birthday.
It was a bitter blow for the 78-year-old, who relied on the trusty British-built bike to get out to the shops and run errands for other residents.
But this week, he was overwhelmed to be told that police officers had contacted the Shirley branch of Halfords, to deliver a replacement - allowing him to get back in the saddle and out on the streets once again.
“I can’t thank everyone enough,” said the father-of-four, who was deeply moved when the item was delivered to his Elmdon home on Monday.
“I didn’t get angry about the bike being stolen, because I haven’t been so well recently and it’s not good for you. But I was a bit upset.”
The retired careworker had chained up the bicycle when he went to pick up the meal from Spicewoods, at nearby Hobs Moat shops, on November 6. When he returned a few minutes later, a fast-acting thief had ridden off with it.
Without his wheels, which he had owned for 40 years, it was a struggle to go about his daily business - Mr Peevor is diabetic and has suffered two strokes, making walking difficult.
Wife Patricia, aged 76, said: “It was his pride and joy that bike; obviously because of his ill health it was very important to him.”
PC Paul Darbyshire, from the Elmdon and Lyndon neighbourhood team, said: “When we heard what had happened we decided we’d leave no stone unturned in trying to find a replacement. I contacted Halfords [at Sears Retail Park] and they were delighted to help.”
If you know the whereabouts of Mr Peevor’s maroon three-gear Raleigh, stolen from Hobs Moat Road at just after 7pm, call officers on 101.