A teenage boy is devastated after a thief stole his £300 bike – while he was being treated for a broken leg and ankle.
Longridge High School pupil Charlie Swindlehurst, 13, sustained the injuries after falling off a scooter at the recently-opened Moor Park skate park in Preston.
I knew it had happened when we were in the ambulance, but I didn’t tell him until afterwards because I knew he’d be so upsetMum
While waiting for almost an hour, in agony, for an ambulance, his unattended Mongoose BMX stunt bike was stolen.
Mum Jenny Swindlehurst, 30, said: “I knew it had happened when we were in the ambulance, but I didn’t tell him until afterwards because I knew he’d be so upset.”
Ms Swindlehurst, of Fir Trees Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston, raced to the skate park after receiving a panicked phonecall at 6.15pm on Monday, saying a bone had “popped through” Charlie’s left leg.
She said: “It took about an hour for the ambulance to arrive, and Charlie was in a massive amount of pain. A lot of the kids there were trying to help him, but when I looked round to get Charlie’s bike, one of them had taken it.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s kicking the poor lad when he’s literally on the ground.
“It was an expensive gift from me to him and he was never off it, he’s devastated.”
The theft has been reported to police, but officers have not managed to trace the stolen bike.
Charlie is now waiting to undergo a second operation on his broken leg, and is unable to attend lessons at Longridge High School. Doctors have told him he might be in a plaster cast for months.
The skate park, which cost £320,000, was officially opened on September 16. Since then, the North West Ambulance Service have been called twice to serious injuries.
Ms Swindlehurst has hit out at a lack of lighting at the site and urged users to wear safety equipment.
A spokesman for Preston Council said: “We are aware of two recent bike thefts at the skate park, which were reported to Lancashire Police.
“The regular monitoring of the site will be done by parks staff, together with the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Anyone with any information about what happened to Charlie’s bike can call police on 101 quoting crime reference SA1511721.