02:44AM, Friday 06 December 2013
A teenager has been left devastated after thieves stole a motorbike he had spent the entire summer rebuilding.
Motorbike-mad Jack Askew had spent his spare time working on the engine of his cherished green Kowasaki KX 125 and ploughed cash from his part-time gardening work into buying spare parts.
The bike, which was close to being passed roadworthy, was snatched from the garden shed of the family home in Rydings, Clewer Green, overnight on Saturday.
The burglars also took four 20-kilo weights it was chained to.
His dad, Lynsey, said: "Jack is absolutely devastated.
"We bought the bike for him as a project and he has been working on it throughout the year because he loves taking things apart and the mechanical nature of bikes.
"He's been gardening all summer to raise money to buy parts and it was almost ready to ride so as you can imagine he is extremely disappointed."
The Windsor Boys' School pupil Jack, who has been passionate about bikes since he was six, was close to completing his project but the engine wouldn't have started for the thieves because it is still missing a vital bit of kit.
The Askew family had their hopes raised the bike could turn up another one stolen from a nearby street was found dumped in woodland.
Police are investigating the theft and are appealing to the public for information.
Lynsey has also urged anyone with information to step forward.
"I can't believe they took the weights as well, it was an unusual thing to do and they can't even ride the bike so it is of no use to them," he added.
"I'm just trying to do anything I can think of to help my son."
Call police on 101 with information.
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