Burnley couple’s agony as stillbirth charity bike stolen

STOLEN BIKE: Stephen Bole and Louise Ellis with their son Ashton.'Photo Ben Parsons
STOLEN BIKE: Stephen Bole and Louise Ellis with their son Ashton.'Photo Ben Parsons

A DEVASTATED couple from Burnley have suffered a second crushing blow, just four months after going through the horrors of a stillbirth.

Louise Ellis (29) and Stephen Bole (31), of Rossendale Road, have been left upset after their friend’s charity bike was stolen from outside their home between 11pm on May 24th and 8am on May 25th. Their youngest son’s battery operated trike was also taken.

Mr Bole, who works as a Sky engineer, had used the Cannondale bike in a charity bike ride on May 23rd to raise funds for the Stillborn And Neonatal Death Society.

SANDS is a charity particularly close to the couple’s heart, after their son, Harry, was stillborn in February.

Miss Ellis, mum to Aiden (6) and Ashton (3) said: “When I got up on Friday morning, Stephen had already gone into work.

“I rang him and asked him where the bike was and he said it should be in the garden.

“He is really upset about it because the money he raised is for charity, the bike is going to cost a fortune to replace, and it was a friend’s bike.

“The bike ride itself went really well, and Stephen completed the course twice.

“It is obviously a charity that is close to our hearts, after what happened to our little boy almost 17 weeks ago.

“It has been an horrendous time for us, to be honest.

“Just as you’re picking yourself back up, something else happens to knock you back down. I don’t understand how anybody can take something that doesn’t belong to them, and then live with themselves.

“It is one of those things, but it’s not been nice at all.”

It is believed that the bike is worth about £500. Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A police spokesman said: “We got the call at 12-13pm on May 25th.

“It was a report of a bike being stolen from a back garden on Rossendale Road. It was a silver framed Cannondale mountain bike.

“The offender approached the rear of a semi-detached property, and is believed to have climbed the fence from a neighbour’s house.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.