Burglars ruin ten-year-old's Christmas

Burglars spoiled a 10-year-old boy's Christmas after stealing his main present - a £3,000 motorcross motorcycle.Little Callum Manley was very excited at the thought of getting the orange and black 65cc KTM bike on Christmas Day.

Burglars spoiled a 10-year-old boy's Christmas after stealing his main present - a £3,000 motorcross motorcycle.

Little Callum Manley was very excited at the thought of getting the orange and black 65cc KTM bike on Christmas Day.

But burglars took the bike, along with two others, on the weekend before Christmas from the workshop at the family engineering business at Weasenham.

The youngster had to make do with some smaller motorbikes on the day. They were part of a Lego set which also included a lorry for the mechanically-minded lad.


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His dad said: “He is one very disappointed little boy. It brings tears to my ears, but we had to make the best of it on Christmas day.”

Mr Manley, 49, from Roydon, added: “Callum is a motorcycle fanatic. He has been practising racing and he was looking forward to racing on his new bike in the coming season.

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“Now all the bikes he had are gone and all he wanted for Christmas were his motorbikes back.”

The alarm went off at the workshop at about 4.20am on Sunday, December 21. When he arrived at about 4.50am he found the door to his workshop had been smashed open.

He said he was a “small one man band” and could not afford to replace Callum's Christmas present which was worth between £2,500 to £3,000, and said that one of the other bikes, a red Yamaha PW50, had huge sentimental value because it was Callum's first ever bike that he was given when he was just four-years-old. A third bike, a blue 50cc Macbor bike in immaculate condition, was also taken.

Mr Manley, 49, said he had CCTV footage that showed four people in a Land Rover taking the bikes and toolbox, which he had handed over to police.

A police spokesman described the crime as “callous” and said it was also being linked to a burglary at nearby Extreeme Adventure, a woodland high ropes adventure course over the previous few days.

Thieves broke into a metal container with cutting equipment. Nothing was stolen, but the offenders drove over a wooden pavilion and damaged an ornate hand rail.

Police could not however confirm if the incidents were linked to another break-in, at the 6,000-chicken farm of Stuart Agnew at West Raynham on the Friday.

Mr Agnew said the damage - to an old generator and smashing water and lighting units - was “savage”.

“Luckily we have a reserve tank for the chickens to drink from but they were plunged into darkness three hours earlier than they were expecting,” he added, but was unsure of the costs of the damage.

Anybody with information about the crimes should call Norfolk Police on 0845 456 4567 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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