'Pride and joy' bike stolen from park

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

AN Exmouth Community College student has had his 'pride and joy' bicycle stolen, just weeks after he finished paying for it. Sixteen-year-old Ryan Wilson, of Shelley Reach, had been paying back mum Cheryl Flisher £10 a week after she loaned him the cash t

AN Exmouth Community College student has had his 'pride and joy' bicycle stolen, just weeks after he finished paying for it.Sixteen-year-old Ryan Wilson, of Shelley Reach, had been paying back mum Cheryl Flisher £10 a week after she loaned him the cash to buy his prized bright green Raleigh bike.The teenager, who gets paid £20 a week delivering newspapers, had religiously paid back the money since getting the bike in July.Last week, the youngster went to Brixington Park where his bike was stolen in the few minutes it took to walk to the gate to meet his friends.Mum Cheryl, 40, said Ryan broke the news to her by text message.She said her partner, Mark Wilson, immediately took Ryan to the police station to report the theft.The following day the family returned to search the park in case the bike had been taken as a prank and returned."Ryan thought of the bike as his pride and joy and was really proud the day he finished paying off the debt," she said."I expect whoever took it will probably sell it on. I keep looking on Ebay just in case."Ryan's bike is vivid bright green. It is without the Raleigh logo at the front underneath the handlebars.Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the bike is asked to contact Exmouth police on 08452 777444.

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