Rare motorbike is returned to owner

A RARE army motorbike, stolen twice from its owner, has been returned after a youth was spotted riding it — next to a police station.

The distinctive Armstrong MT500 bike is now back with Patrick McGrath, from Halliwell, thanks to an eagle-eyed reader of The Bolton News who alerted police.

The bike was first spotted in Church Street, Westhoughton, on Wednesday by a resident, who reported it to police at 11.15am after reading about it in The Bolton News.

Police went to check it out but the bike had gone.

Later, at about 1pm, the bike was spotted being ridden around a car park behind the Westhoughton police post in Pavilion Square.

A teenager was detained at the back of the square and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Mr McGrath said he was devastated when thieves stole the bike, which was chained to a wall outside his home, between 3am and 10.30am last Thursday, January 23.

It is the second time the bike had been stolen. The first time was last summer when it was later found abandoned in a field.

Mr McGrath said he was worried that this time it may have been “stolen to order”.

The 22-year-old said: “I was in a shop when I got a call to say my bike had been found.

“Putting the story in the paper definitely did the trick. I am just overjoyed to see it again. I can guarantee it won’t be getting stolen for a third time.”

Mr McGrath has had the bike, which was built by Armstrong-CCC M Motorcycles in Bolton in 1986, for about 18 months. He thinks there may only be one other vintage bike like it in Bolton.

He now faces a repair bill of hundreds of pounds, as the bike was returned with no number plate, no indicators and damaged mirrors.

Mr McGrath said he would be investing in extra security measures, including CCTV, to ensure the bike is not stolen again.

PC Phil Burrows said: “Thanks to The Bolton News people across the borough have been keeping an eye out for this bike.

“He was detained just at the back of the police post in Westhoughton.”

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9:24am Wed 6 Feb 13

oftbewildered2 says...

hope the teenager has to contribute to the cost of repairs - better still - he should help to carry out the repairs with thw owner. It might be the makings of him
hope the teenager has to contribute to the cost of repairs - better still - he should help to carry out the repairs with thw owner. It might be the makings of him oftbewildered2

10:19am Wed 6 Feb 13

berushka says...

Should not cost the owner a pennny! Make the thief who stole it pay everything, then lock him up. And if he can't pay, then pass it on to his parents, who obviously brought this toe-rag up to behave the way he does. When these useless adults start being more accountable for their actions, then maybe, just maybe they will realise that having children brings certain responsibilities, but I doubt it.
Should not cost the owner a pennny! Make the thief who stole it pay everything, then lock him up. And if he can't pay, then pass it on to his parents, who obviously brought this toe-rag up to behave the way he does. When these useless adults start being more accountable for their actions, then maybe, just maybe they will realise that having children brings certain responsibilities, but I doubt it. berushka

1:12pm Wed 6 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

So this yob is riding the stolen bike behind a police post in westhoughton and it took a resident to put two & two together and report it.As a point of interest what were the police doing at that time?Their helmets must have fallen over their eyes!!!!!!!!By the way I hope the yob pays up.
So this yob is riding the stolen bike behind a police post in westhoughton and it took a resident to put two & two together and report it.As a point of interest what were the police doing at that time?Their helmets must have fallen over their eyes!!!!!!!!By the way I hope the yob pays up. boltonnut

1:25pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Count de Monet says...

boltonnut wrote:
So this yob is riding the stolen bike behind a police post in westhoughton and it took a resident to put two & two together and report it.As a point of interest what were the police doing at that time?Their helmets must have fallen over their eyes!!!!!!!!By the way I hope the yob pays up.
There are no police officers at Westhoughton police post, just a few office staff.
Police officers call into the post every now & then. I am very surprised to hear that the post was open at all. It's supposed to be open 9.00am - 4.00pm but it's normally closed when I walk past.
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: So this yob is riding the stolen bike behind a police post in westhoughton and it took a resident to put two & two together and report it.As a point of interest what were the police doing at that time?Their helmets must have fallen over their eyes!!!!!!!!By the way I hope the yob pays up.[/p][/quote]There are no police officers at Westhoughton police post, just a few office staff. Police officers call into the post every now & then. I am very surprised to hear that the post was open at all. It's supposed to be open 9.00am - 4.00pm but it's normally closed when I walk past. Count de Monet

6:17pm Wed 6 Feb 13

bolton1111 says...

typical westhoughton scum! bolton should build a wall separating us from that lot! tut..... typical
typical westhoughton scum! bolton should build a wall separating us from that lot! tut..... typical bolton1111

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