Published: May 7, 2009
Thanks,! Readers replace Pat's stolen bike

An RSPCA shop volunteer has this week thanked readers for coming to her aid after mean thieves stole her bicycle as she worked inside the charity shop.

Pat Ponting's mountain bike was stolen from outside the RSPCA furniture shop in Regent Street last week.

But when an appeal was posted on Burnham's online discussion forums, it took just a few hours for kind-hearted readers to come forward with replacements.

Pat, pictured, told "I'm so grateful to the offers of help that have come in from this website's users."

"I had two offers of bikes and several people have also come into the shop to offer their help."

She explained how she had been shocked to find the silver Raleigh mountain bike had been stolen from outside the shop last Wednesday.

"I'd parked it outside the shop by the pavement when the shop opened at 9am, and by 1pm it had gone. Someone had taken the opportunity to remove it, which came as a shock," she said.

"I use the bike all the time to get around the area and to come to the shop, so I really miss it. It's a shame someone would do this."


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