Retail giant Halfords has donated a new bike to a pensioner after hers was stolen from outside a busy supermarket earlier in the week.
The Grand Junction Retail Park branch in Crewe has donated the bike through local police officers after hearing the woman fell victim to heartless thieves on Tuesday.
She had locked her bike up at the Morrison’s supermarket in Dunwoody Way on Tuesday while she did her shopping between 1.10pm and 2.10pm. It was stolen when she returned.
She was devastated when she discovered that the bike had been stolen and the incident was swiftly reported to the police.
Detective Inspector Claire Jesson, of Cheshire Police, said: “Despicable crimes like this are so upsetting, particularly when they occur during these extremely difficult times and especially for our elder members of the community.
“The team and I at Crewe were heartbroken to hear of the elderly victim having her only means of transport stolen from her while she was out shopping.
“We wanted to surprise the lady with a replacement bike to put a smile on her face and enable her to still have transport to get around.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to Barry at Halfords for offering to come to the woman’s aid after we told him about the callous crime.
“Kindness really does go a long way, especially during times like these when we as a community should be coming together to help and support each another, particularly the elderly and other vulnerable members of society.”
A Halfords spokesman said: “We were delighted to help Crewe Police and the woman who had her bike stolen with a replacement. We hope she enjoys her new set of wheels.”
Cheshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Darren Martland added: “What a wonderful gesture by the team of officers and Halfords in coming together to help the lady, who I’m sure is extremely grateful.”
The woman’s bike has since been located and returned to her yesterday but inquiries relating to the theft are continuing.
Officers are now hunting a man who was wearing a black hooded jacket, a black hat, and a grey snood.
His trousers were dark coloured with a white stripe down the side which contained dark markings.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 672045. Alternatively, give details via the force website. Anonymous information can be given via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.