Dad appeals for witnesses after son’s moped is stolen from driveway of family home

PUBLISHED: 12:27 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:27 24 August 2018

Ben Nice, 16, on his moped. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Ben Nice, 16, on his moped. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A moped belonging to a Newport teenager was stolen from outside his family home last week and now his dad is appealing for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Ben Nice, 16, had his moped taken some time between the night of August 15 and the following morning on August 16 and his dad, Jamie, thinks the thieves knew it was there.

Jamie said: “It was my son’s moped - he was 16 in March and had only had it since then. It was stolen from our drive. It must have been lifted completely away into a van or truck as it was locked with a chain and disc lock and with a cover strapped on. Everything is missing, hence it must have been lifted off the driveway.

“It was tucked behind my motorcycle and my wife’s car so it wasn’t obvious - I’m thinking someone knew it was there.

“I saw it was gone on Thursday and thought it was strange as it was raining really hard which means my son wouldn’t go out and sure enough, he was still in bed.

“One of his friends went past at 7am and noticed it wasn’t in the drive - they all look out for each other - and again thought it was strange that he was out so early.

“I have been in the motorcycle trade in London most of my life and so I am used to seeing this on a daily basis, but not here in Newport. He starts a new job on Friday also and so would have used it for transport - now we have to work out how he is going to get there.

The moped is an Aprilia SR50R in white and the registration number is AK66 FBX. The silver Oxford branded rain cover and Kryptonite branded disc lock and chain were also taken.

Mr Nice said: “Bad timing, never a good time though, and I feel really sorry for him as he loved it. It had only done about 900 miles from new and was immaculate - I’m sure it’s wrecked by now.

“The police said there is nothing they can do other than put it on the system which I totally understand - if it gets flagged up on an ANPR camera or it’s found then I will hear something. Otherwise, without CCTV or witnesses, there is not a lot else that can be done.”

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We were called to reports a moped had been stolen from an address in Cambridge Road, Newport at some point between 9pm on August 15 and 7am on August 16.

“If you have any information about the incident please call us on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/118418/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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