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Two at court over theft of Tilly Lockey’s bicycle in Blackhill

October 28, 2014, 1:39 pm

In September three pedal cycles were stolen from a garage in Blackhill, near Consett which belonged to Tilly Lockey, now aged nine and her sisters, Tia and Lucy-Anna. Tillys bike was a specially-adapted model as in 2007 she contracted Group B meningoccocal septicaemia and had to have her hands and toes amputated to save her life.

The bikes were recovered within a matter of days although in the meantime officers in Consett had also enquired among local retailers to see if any of them could provide a replacement bike for Tilly. Clearance Bargains, in Stanley donated a new bicycle which is being modified by specialists at the University Hospital North Durham, and was presented to Tilly at Consett police station on Friday last week. The original bike will soon be too small for Tilly to use, therefore she will in future be riding the model donated by the store.

Three men and one woman, all from the Derwentside area, were arrested in connection with the burglary. One man, aged 29 was released no further action (NFA) for that offence but was charged with cultivation of cannabis. A 26-year-old man arrested on suspicion of burglary and released NFA for that offence was also bailed in relation to a drugs offence.

The others, a woman aged 36 and a man aged 33, both local to Consett remained on police bail while enquiries continued. Yesterday the pair were formally charged with handling stolen goods and will appear before magistrates at Consett on the morning of Tuesday, 11th November.

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