£80,000 of rare motocross bikes stolen in burglary

A family has had an estimated £80,000 worth of ex-Kees van der Ven vintage motocross bikes stolen

£80,000 of rare motocross bikes stolen in burglary

A family has spoken of their anger after having a haul of motocross bikes stolen from a locked shipping container in Reading. The haul of four classic bikes is made all the more heartbreaking as they were owned and ridden by 80s motocross legend Kees van der Ven.

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The theft was captured on the family’s CCTV cameras and showed the thieves walking around the property for 40 minutes prior to stealing the machines. Even more shocking is how casual the criminals seem, totally relaxed as they peruse the family’s belongings in the back garden.

Homeowner, Adrian Williams said:

"I've collected them over the years, it is soul-destroying to see them gone.

"I think they came here to rob us, but the bikes were a bonus when they cut the container open. We think they didn't know they were there and when they opened up, it was like the jackpot.

“We are absolutely devastated. We just want them back. Someone out there must know where they are.”

The motocross community in the UK has sprung into action, with news of the theft spreading far and wide. It is hoped that the bikes were not stolen to order and that the criminals are unsure of the bike’s provenance. Should they make their way into legitimate hands within the motocross family, it’s likely they will find their way back to the family.

To help bring the bikes home, the family have stumped up a £5,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the bikes.

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