Teenage bricklayer distraught after thieves steal new moped

Matthew Turner and his moped, which was taken and then wrecked by thieves

Matthew Turner and his moped, which was taken and then wrecked by thieves

Matthew Turner and his moped, which was taken and then wrecked by thieves

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A TEENAGE apprentice bricklayer was left distraught when his moped was stolen from his garden and later found wrecked.

Matthew Turner had only bought the Dealim moped in June after saving up to buy it so he could travel from his home in Sharples to his new job in Salford.

The 16-year-old is now worried about how he will get to work as there are no buses covering the route to his workplace from his Blackburn Road home.

The moped was taken from Matthew’s back garden where thieves cut the chain that was wrapped around it.

It was found two days later in the garden of a derelict house in Oldhams Estate, after being written off. The thieves had ripped off the front of the vehicle, to “hot-wire” the bike.

They also scratched it badly with a screwdriver.

Matthew said: “I have been quoted that it will cost about £1,000 to fix, which is £200 more than I paid for it in the first place. I am gutted.

“It is no use to me anymore and I am really worried about how I am going to get to work. My mum is off for two weeks and had been taking me in, but when she goes back to work I don’t know what I will do. I have only just started and want to make a good impression.

“There is no way I can afford another moped at the moment.”

Police said the moped was taken from the garden of the Blackburn Road property and that inquiries into the case were ongoing.

A police spokesman said: “No one has been arrested at this stage and anyone with information is urged to contact the police by calling 101.”

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10:48am Mon 18 Aug 14

mattaiuseire says...

When I was 16 I had an Aprilia which was stolen from me 3 times, the first time the thieves cut through the chain on the fence to get round the back and dragged it away. The second time after paying an excess with the insurance company to provide a new one it was stolen from the front drive and later found messed up but still usable up the road ditched in someones garden because they couldn't get the lock off, and the third time was stolen from Manchester city centre and was later found wrecked.

Scumbags everywhere. Not a lot the lad can do about it you can chain it up as much as you want but people will watch you and watch where you hide it and get the bolt cutters out when you're not expecting it. Don't bother getting another just get a pedal bike and cycle to work and take your driving lessons when you're 17 or 18 and get a car.
When I was 16 I had an Aprilia which was stolen from me 3 times, the first time the thieves cut through the chain on the fence to get round the back and dragged it away. The second time after paying an excess with the insurance company to provide a new one it was stolen from the front drive and later found messed up but still usable up the road ditched in someones garden because they couldn't get the lock off, and the third time was stolen from Manchester city centre and was later found wrecked. Scumbags everywhere. Not a lot the lad can do about it you can chain it up as much as you want but people will watch you and watch where you hide it and get the bolt cutters out when you're not expecting it. Don't bother getting another just get a pedal bike and cycle to work and take your driving lessons when you're 17 or 18 and get a car. mattaiuseire
  • Score: 28

12:37pm Mon 18 Aug 14

itsnotthatbad says...

I've had 2 scooters pinched. one was turned over and burnt to a crisp outside someones flat door as it had an immobilizer fitted . the other was pinched and they did the same, took off the plastics and "capped"it its actually quite easy to repair. just try and source a new ignition from either the bike manufacturer or look on ebay for a damaged bike. same goes for the plastics as its only a few screws here and there to undo. the superficial damage just leave it as it doesnt affect the driving of it. just cosmetic. a useful tip is to add a disconnecting wire to the battery so just unconnect when not in use, and i got a small cctv set up from argos just have it facing the bike from a bedroom window so no need to run any wires thru the house etc and hook it to a laptop.
I've had 2 scooters pinched. one was turned over and burnt to a crisp outside someones flat door as it had an immobilizer fitted . the other was pinched and they did the same, took off the plastics and "capped"it its actually quite easy to repair. just try and source a new ignition from either the bike manufacturer or look on ebay for a damaged bike. same goes for the plastics as its only a few screws here and there to undo. the superficial damage just leave it as it doesnt affect the driving of it. just cosmetic. a useful tip is to add a disconnecting wire to the battery so just unconnect when not in use, and i got a small cctv set up from argos just have it facing the bike from a bedroom window so no need to run any wires thru the house etc and hook it to a laptop. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 7

2:33pm Mon 18 Aug 14

cliff4treasurer says...

and when (if) they catch the scum? slapped wrist, meet social worker who will drop them off at the job centre to sign on.
and when (if) they catch the scum? slapped wrist, meet social worker who will drop them off at the job centre to sign on. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 0

4:20pm Mon 18 Aug 14

marco999 says...

Poor kid, I feel so sorry for him He's trying to improve himself by working hard and someone does this to him. Really wish I could help, I wish him the best of luck and hope it all comes good for him. Maybe in the time being he could get a push bike and take it on the train to Salford?
Poor kid, I feel so sorry for him He's trying to improve himself by working hard and someone does this to him. Really wish I could help, I wish him the best of luck and hope it all comes good for him. Maybe in the time being he could get a push bike and take it on the train to Salford? marco999
  • Score: 6

4:36pm Mon 18 Aug 14

mr.mark.c says...

I bet most of this lads wages went on keeping that bike on the road, for the scum that are reading this on a stolen computer while stealing someones wifi, 'Wages' is not a mythical creature, it is something you get after a weeks work so you can buy nice things such as a bike rather than steal other peoples nice things.
I bet most of this lads wages went on keeping that bike on the road, for the scum that are reading this on a stolen computer while stealing someones wifi, 'Wages' is not a mythical creature, it is something you get after a weeks work so you can buy nice things such as a bike rather than steal other peoples nice things. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 11

4:50pm Mon 18 Aug 14

matthew1234 says...

I'm Matty but gutted about what's happend and left with no money now but just got to hope that people give information in the people that stole the bike from me
I'm Matty but gutted about what's happend and left with no money now but just got to hope that people give information in the people that stole the bike from me matthew1234
  • Score: 16

4:52pm Mon 18 Aug 14

matthew1234 says...

itsnotthatbad wrote:
I've had 2 scooters pinched. one was turned over and burnt to a crisp outside someones flat door as it had an immobilizer fitted . the other was pinched and they did the same, took off the plastics and "capped"it its actually quite easy to repair. just try and source a new ignition from either the bike manufacturer or look on ebay for a damaged bike. same goes for the plastics as its only a few screws here and there to undo. the superficial damage just leave it as it doesnt affect the driving of it. just cosmetic. a useful tip is to add a disconnecting wire to the battery so just unconnect when not in use, and i got a small cctv set up from argos just have it facing the bike from a bedroom window so no need to run any wires thru the house etc and hook it to a laptop.
Iv had the ignition and the plastics priced up and it comes to £1000
[quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: I've had 2 scooters pinched. one was turned over and burnt to a crisp outside someones flat door as it had an immobilizer fitted . the other was pinched and they did the same, took off the plastics and "capped"it its actually quite easy to repair. just try and source a new ignition from either the bike manufacturer or look on ebay for a damaged bike. same goes for the plastics as its only a few screws here and there to undo. the superficial damage just leave it as it doesnt affect the driving of it. just cosmetic. a useful tip is to add a disconnecting wire to the battery so just unconnect when not in use, and i got a small cctv set up from argos just have it facing the bike from a bedroom window so no need to run any wires thru the house etc and hook it to a laptop.[/p][/quote]Iv had the ignition and the plastics priced up and it comes to £1000 matthew1234
  • Score: 5

5:06pm Mon 18 Aug 14

itsnotthatbad says...

matthew1234 wrote:
itsnotthatbad wrote:
I've had 2 scooters pinched. one was turned over and burnt to a crisp outside someones flat door as it had an immobilizer fitted . the other was pinched and they did the same, took off the plastics and "capped"it its actually quite easy to repair. just try and source a new ignition from either the bike manufacturer or look on ebay for a damaged bike. same goes for the plastics as its only a few screws here and there to undo. the superficial damage just leave it as it doesnt affect the driving of it. just cosmetic. a useful tip is to add a disconnecting wire to the battery so just unconnect when not in use, and i got a small cctv set up from argos just have it facing the bike from a bedroom window so no need to run any wires thru the house etc and hook it to a laptop.
Iv had the ignition and the plastics priced up and it comes to £1000
Thats from a dealer most likely. look on ebay for a damaged one or one thats being broken down for parts. you'll be surprised.
http://www.ebay.co.u
k/itm/Daelim-S5-dael
im-s-5-50cc-horn-bre
aking-complete-scoot
er-all-parts-availab
le-/131247323544?pt=
UK_Motorcycle_Parts&
hash=item1e8ef33998
took 2 mins browsing. its wrong colour but the same bits can be sent via collectplus or hermes for a few quid. the steering locks not essential for mot just ignition and plastics. it is really easy i've fixed mine and others this way
[quote][p][bold]matthew1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: I've had 2 scooters pinched. one was turned over and burnt to a crisp outside someones flat door as it had an immobilizer fitted . the other was pinched and they did the same, took off the plastics and "capped"it its actually quite easy to repair. just try and source a new ignition from either the bike manufacturer or look on ebay for a damaged bike. same goes for the plastics as its only a few screws here and there to undo. the superficial damage just leave it as it doesnt affect the driving of it. just cosmetic. a useful tip is to add a disconnecting wire to the battery so just unconnect when not in use, and i got a small cctv set up from argos just have it facing the bike from a bedroom window so no need to run any wires thru the house etc and hook it to a laptop.[/p][/quote]Iv had the ignition and the plastics priced up and it comes to £1000[/p][/quote]Thats from a dealer most likely. look on ebay for a damaged one or one thats being broken down for parts. you'll be surprised. http://www.ebay.co.u k/itm/Daelim-S5-dael im-s-5-50cc-horn-bre aking-complete-scoot er-all-parts-availab le-/131247323544?pt= UK_Motorcycle_Parts& hash=item1e8ef33998 took 2 mins browsing. its wrong colour but the same bits can be sent via collectplus or hermes for a few quid. the steering locks not essential for mot just ignition and plastics. it is really easy i've fixed mine and others this way itsnotthatbad
  • Score: -2

5:09pm Mon 18 Aug 14

itsnotthatbad says...

failing that theres
http://www.ebay.co.u
k/itm/2013-2-stroke-
50cc-Daelim-s5-scoot
er-/151382929392?pt=
UK_Motorcycle_Parts&
hash=item233f202ff0
can always take off what you need and sell the parts you dont need. they're all basically the same nowadays. and can always use plasti paint to change colours.
failing that theres http://www.ebay.co.u k/itm/2013-2-stroke- 50cc-Daelim-s5-scoot er-/151382929392?pt= UK_Motorcycle_Parts& hash=item233f202ff0 can always take off what you need and sell the parts you dont need. they're all basically the same nowadays. and can always use plasti paint to change colours. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 1

5:14pm Mon 18 Aug 14

itsnotthatbad says...

http://www.ebay.co.u
k/itm/Daelim-S-Five-
50cc-Front-Panel-/32
1469911611?pt=UK_Mot
orcycle_Parts&hash=i
tem4ad919923b

this is £20 with free postage. but tbh if still have the front bit so long as you can bodge it on either with duct tape or try fixing the screws it'll pass the mot and you can still use it til saved up to but any spare parts either new or used.
http://www.ebay.co.u k/itm/Daelim-S-Five- 50cc-Front-Panel-/32 1469911611?pt=UK_Mot orcycle_Parts&hash=i tem4ad919923b this is £20 with free postage. but tbh if still have the front bit so long as you can bodge it on either with duct tape or try fixing the screws it'll pass the mot and you can still use it til saved up to but any spare parts either new or used. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: -4

6:15pm Mon 18 Aug 14

mr.mark.c says...

Phone Andy Speke at the bike breakers in the arches at the bottom of Bury Rd.
I would also build a bike garage and fit a steel door, maybe electrify it.
Phone Andy Speke at the bike breakers in the arches at the bottom of Bury Rd. I would also build a bike garage and fit a steel door, maybe electrify it. mr.mark.c
  • Score: -1

8:04pm Mon 18 Aug 14

catsden says...

OMG what a horrible place we live in now, full of yobs , bring back the BIRCH and the STOCKS teach them a lesson. Poor lad willing to do a honest days work and this happens to him hope who ever did this ROTS and suffers for the rest of their miserable lives SCUM
OMG what a horrible place we live in now, full of yobs , bring back the BIRCH and the STOCKS teach them a lesson. Poor lad willing to do a honest days work and this happens to him hope who ever did this ROTS and suffers for the rest of their miserable lives SCUM catsden
  • Score: 4

8:12pm Mon 18 Aug 14

atlas123 says...

You can get steel bike sheds too.... Very good they are too!

You dont even need an ignition switch as such, you can just get a key switch from any old electronics place.

I would also recommend a battery isolator hidden in some obscure place to thief proof it more.

You can get GSM GPS trackers for under a hundred quid, but be wary of the drain
You can get steel bike sheds too.... Very good they are too! You dont even need an ignition switch as such, you can just get a key switch from any old electronics place. I would also recommend a battery isolator hidden in some obscure place to thief proof it more. You can get GSM GPS trackers for under a hundred quid, but be wary of the drain atlas123
  • Score: -1

8:17pm Mon 18 Aug 14

mr.mark.c says...

atlas123 wrote:
You can get steel bike sheds too.... Very good they are too!

You dont even need an ignition switch as such, you can just get a key switch from any old electronics place.

I would also recommend a battery isolator hidden in some obscure place to thief proof it more.

You can get GSM GPS trackers for under a hundred quid, but be wary of the drain
Those trackers are about £25 on Ebay and use less power than a mobile phone :)
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: You can get steel bike sheds too.... Very good they are too! You dont even need an ignition switch as such, you can just get a key switch from any old electronics place. I would also recommend a battery isolator hidden in some obscure place to thief proof it more. You can get GSM GPS trackers for under a hundred quid, but be wary of the drain[/p][/quote]Those trackers are about £25 on Ebay and use less power than a mobile phone :) mr.mark.c
  • Score: 1

9:05pm Mon 18 Aug 14

matthew1234 says...

They have also blown my engine up u don't have the money to fix it
They have also blown my engine up u don't have the money to fix it matthew1234
  • Score: -1

10:15pm Mon 18 Aug 14

mr.mark.c says...

matthew1234 wrote:
They have also blown my engine up u don't have the money to fix it
Your only choice is your insurance unless you have a stupid high excess that means claiming would be futile.
Some people have no scruples pal, they think they have a right to take or destroy other peoples property without any remorse.
[quote][p][bold]matthew1234[/bold] wrote: They have also blown my engine up u don't have the money to fix it[/p][/quote]Your only choice is your insurance unless you have a stupid high excess that means claiming would be futile. Some people have no scruples pal, they think they have a right to take or destroy other peoples property without any remorse. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 2

7:36am Tue 19 Aug 14

melloj says...

Your not gonna get any sympathy from them by printing your story here. They'll love the fact they've shafted you for work as well as nicking your bike. They're w***kers. I hope you get it sorted. I agree too if you've been quoted a grand, you haven't shopped round enough.
Your not gonna get any sympathy from them by printing your story here. They'll love the fact they've shafted you for work as well as nicking your bike. They're w***kers. I hope you get it sorted. I agree too if you've been quoted a grand, you haven't shopped round enough. melloj
  • Score: 2

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