83-year-old biker’s pride and joy taken

This Is Wiltshire: Dennis Iles with one of his burnt out bikes Dennis Iles with one of his burnt out bikes

BIKER Dennis Iles couldn’t believe his eyes when he woke up to find four of his beloved classic motorbikes stolen from his Greenmeadow home.

The 83-year-old, who spent more than 10 years restoring them, awoke on Thursday to find that his garage had been ripped open and the bikes taken.

Three of them were found nearby, torched and charred, with parts of the wheel guards bubbling as a result of the fire damage.

But the widower’s beloved 1962 grey NSU Quickly moped, which belonged to his wife’s late brother, was not found until Friday afternoon.

He said: “I built that one from scratch. What’s even worse is that it’s the start of the riding season. I was going to go out on Sunday but I’m not going to now.”

Police tracked down the stolen moped after members of the public reported seeing it being ridden by a youth along Pond Street in Haydon Wick and on Sevenfields.

They tracked three youths to the top of Sevenfields, where they dumped the moped and scarpered towards Inglesham Road in Penhill.

But theywere not able to catch them, despite bringing in a police dog to help hunt them down.

Two of the youths were white and about 15 years old. One wore a white hoodie and jeans, the other a black puffer jacket, blue jeans and white trainers with a blue crash helmet.

A police spokesman said: “Our sincere thanks to the people who called in after seeing the stolen vintage moped being ridden by a youth along Pond Street Haydon Wick and on Sevenfields.”

What most upset Dennis about the burglary was the way his motorcycles had been treated.

He said: “I would understand if they had taken it out and ridden it around for a bit and then dumped it somewhere, or tried to sell it. I wouldn’t have been happy but I would understand. But just to take them out and torch them, I don't understand that at all.”

Dennis has CCTV cameras around his property, and was aware that he was being targeted.

He said: “It all started around two weeks ago, when I looked at my monitor and I noticed the camera was pointing at the sky.

“I just thought someone was mucking around and having a joke.

“But then last weekend it happened again, and I also tried to open the garage door. Normally it opens up fine but this time it was scraping along the floor. When I got it open I realised it had been bent, and someone had really tried to force it open.”

PCSO Emma Harriman said: “I would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to us immediately." Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, with reference number *23952.

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6:36am Sat 15 Mar 14

XJR says...

Scum bags bring back the birch. These low life's need to be taught a lesson.
Same old story if they get caught community service & a small fine, there is no deterrent.
The toe rags need to be named & shamed
Scum bags bring back the birch. These low life's need to be taught a lesson. Same old story if they get caught community service & a small fine, there is no deterrent. The toe rags need to be named & shamed XJR
  • Score: 30

8:34am Sat 15 Mar 14

ladd135 says...

what did they think when they did this?what effect it would have and how much these things meant to this person........if your reading this and you were involved ,hang your head in shame,one day when your old,have lived life,and still manage to have a passion that some heartless low life takes it away from you .......your day day will come!!
what did they think when they did this?what effect it would have and how much these things meant to this person........if your reading this and you were involved ,hang your head in shame,one day when your old,have lived life,and still manage to have a passion that some heartless low life takes it away from you .......your day day will come!! ladd135
  • Score: 28

12:26pm Sat 15 Mar 14

fuzzey says...

Disgusting stupid yobs .young and fit but nothing better to do with their lives .good luck to you Dennis still getting on with it .absolute credit to the older generation.don't let it get to you please go and join your friends on Sunday .
Disgusting stupid yobs .young and fit but nothing better to do with their lives .good luck to you Dennis still getting on with it .absolute credit to the older generation.don't let it get to you please go and join your friends on Sunday . fuzzey
  • Score: 14

1:10pm Sat 15 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

ladd135 wrote:
what did they think when they did this?what effect it would have and how much these things meant to this person........if your reading this and you were involved ,hang your head in shame,one day when your old,have lived life,and still manage to have a passion that some heartless low life takes it away from you .......your day day will come!!
Sadly they don't care and will be laughing all the way to guy they are selling them to. There are som real scum out there who stick two fingers up at society and the law and would literally sell their own grandmothers if the price was right. Too often they don't get their comeuppance either. Taking anyone's possessions is bad enough but this sort of thing should be punished more severely, but with our judges that is never going to happen. Really sorry for you.
[quote][p][bold]ladd135[/bold] wrote: what did they think when they did this?what effect it would have and how much these things meant to this person........if your reading this and you were involved ,hang your head in shame,one day when your old,have lived life,and still manage to have a passion that some heartless low life takes it away from you .......your day day will come!![/p][/quote]Sadly they don't care and will be laughing all the way to guy they are selling them to. There are som real scum out there who stick two fingers up at society and the law and would literally sell their own grandmothers if the price was right. Too often they don't get their comeuppance either. Taking anyone's possessions is bad enough but this sort of thing should be punished more severely, but with our judges that is never going to happen. Really sorry for you. house on the hill
  • Score: 10

3:41pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Spannerdog says...

sorry but is this a major crime....This week we have had many tales of hideous crime in The Adver...Spitting..oh god...The theft of Candles..to be used as God knows what.....So why is this so bad..A gent who has no doubt worked his nuts of to have a few things of Beauty..Which old bikes are.. has had them stolen by someone he probably knows ...this is not a theft of chance..Its not just fake plate and away you go...So come on Adver...do some good and go chase these Bas.... and give back a gent with a heart just a little faith in humanity other than a "There you go sir...Its been a hard case...but here you you go ...Crime Number..WEDONTGIVEAT
OSS
sorry but is this a major crime....This week we have had many tales of hideous crime in The Adver...Spitting..oh god...The theft of Candles..to be used as God knows what.....So why is this so bad..A gent who has no doubt worked his nuts of to have a few things of Beauty..Which old bikes are.. has had them stolen by someone he probably knows ...this is not a theft of chance..Its not just fake plate and away you go...So come on Adver...do some good and go chase these Bas.... and give back a gent with a heart just a little faith in humanity other than a "There you go sir...Its been a hard case...but here you you go ...Crime Number..WEDONTGIVEAT OSS Spannerdog
  • Score: 7

6:16pm Mon 17 Mar 14

ManWithCar says...

XJR wrote:
Scum bags bring back the birch. These low life's need to be taught a lesson. Same old story if they get caught community service & a small fine, there is no deterrent. The toe rags need to be named & shamed
Absolutely. Cowardly little sh*ts. What these little fools fail to realise is that the day WILL come when they get caught halfway through their next robbery and they find themselves on the end of a pair of fists getting a right hiding. Decent people are getting fed up of this behaviour, as the rest of the posts show.

Chin up Dennis - they'll get their just desserts.
[quote][p][bold]XJR[/bold] wrote: Scum bags bring back the birch. These low life's need to be taught a lesson. Same old story if they get caught community service & a small fine, there is no deterrent. The toe rags need to be named & shamed[/p][/quote]Absolutely. Cowardly little sh*ts. What these little fools fail to realise is that the day WILL come when they get caught halfway through their next robbery and they find themselves on the end of a pair of fists getting a right hiding. Decent people are getting fed up of this behaviour, as the rest of the posts show. Chin up Dennis - they'll get their just desserts. ManWithCar
  • Score: 3

9:04am Tue 18 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

@ManWithCar - you are entirely correct, but it says much about how the public have now completely lost all faith in the Criminal Justice System when we all know the only time these types will meet their just desserts is when they pick on the wrong (or right, depending on how you look at it) people.

They, and we, know they have nothing to fear from the courts.
@ManWithCar - you are entirely correct, but it says much about how the public have now completely lost all faith in the Criminal Justice System when we all know the only time these types will meet their just desserts is when they pick on the wrong (or right, depending on how you look at it) people. They, and we, know they have nothing to fear from the courts. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

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