Community rallies to replace lifesaver's stolen bike

‘OVERHWLEMED’ RNLI crewman Alastair Heane, centre, gets his new bike from Ricol Leisure’s Justin Camp, left, and Richard Jenkins, right

‘OVERHWLEMED’ RNLI crewman Alastair Heane, centre, gets his new bike from Ricol Leisure’s Justin Camp, left, and Richard Jenkins, right

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THE community has come to the aid of a lifesaver whose bike was stolen while he was answering an emergency call.

People have stepped forward to help RNLI crewman Alastair Heane after he was left without transport following the theft.

Alastair Heane said he was overwhelmed by the support shown to him by the community since his story featured in the Echo.

He was one of the Weymouth lifeboat crewmen called out to search for a man who jumped into Weymouth Harbour to evade police earlier this week.

While he was out, a thief stole his mountain bike which he had left by the entrance to the lifeboat station on Nothe Parade.

Mr Heane, 47, is from Falmouth in Cornwall but is currently in Weymouth working as relief mechanic for the RNLI.

The bike was his main form of transport to quickly get from his house to the lifeboat station.

Two kind donors read about his story and offered bikes to help out.

Tom Knight gave the Weymouth station a second-hand bike for crewmen to use and Ricol Leisure on the Granby Industrial Estate have offered to give Mr Heane a bike to the value of the one that was stolen. Mr Heave said he was stunned when he found out about the kind offers.

He said: “I was dumb-struck.

“It’s not very often I’m stuck for words but I was there.

“It was something I wasn’t expecting at all. It came out of nowhere.

“I’m still kind of taking it all in now. It just shows there are some good souls out there.”

He added: “I’m overwhelmed – it’s a massive gesture.”

Mr Heane thanked the cycle store and Mr Knight for their kindness.

Mr Knight said the RNLI did great work and thought the bike theft was ‘despicable’.

He said he wanted to help out.

Richard Jenkins, director of Ricol Leisure, said his wife Carol spotted the story and they wanted to give back.

He said: “Ricol Leisure is a manufacturer of fishing lures and tackle and as such we are indebted to these RNLI volunteers for risking their lives to save, among others, our local fishermen.

“Ricol Leisure has just acquired Ricol Cycles and felt that we were in a good position to help Mr Heane with a new bike.”

Dorset Police said no arrests have been made in the search for Mr Heane’s bike, and the bike itself has not been recovered.

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10:16am Sat 23 Aug 14

Peter6 says...

Nice to know all has ended well what a great town Weymouth is, I hope the Police catch the person who stole the first bike and they get a severe sentence.
Nice to know all has ended well what a great town Weymouth is, I hope the Police catch the person who stole the first bike and they get a severe sentence. Peter6
  • Score: 15

2:37pm Sat 23 Aug 14

saildorset says...

No doubt it's lying at the bottom of the harbour.
No doubt it's lying at the bottom of the harbour. saildorset
  • Score: 2

5:33pm Sat 23 Aug 14

toyota777 says...

I hope somene catches him and throws him in the sea and leaves him there.
I hope somene catches him and throws him in the sea and leaves him there. toyota777
  • Score: 6

7:53pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Laadeeda says...

Take the perp on a shout and let him see first hand the good the RNLI do and let his conscience do the rest.
Take the perp on a shout and let him see first hand the good the RNLI do and let his conscience do the rest. Laadeeda
  • Score: 3

5:49pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Under35andout says...

to be fair if its the £400 carrera that was lock up on a wooden fence up there (i cycled past it regually to fishing) then im not suprised it got stolen
to be fair if its the £400 carrera that was lock up on a wooden fence up there (i cycled past it regually to fishing) then im not suprised it got stolen Under35andout
  • Score: -1

5:52pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Under35andout says...

wouldnt suprise me if it was the guy the jumped into the harbour who stole the bike it would of made epic ending to that benny hill escape
wouldnt suprise me if it was the guy the jumped into the harbour who stole the bike it would of made epic ending to that benny hill escape Under35andout
  • Score: -1

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