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Rare bike only item stolen during Anerley flat burglary

PUBLISHED: 13:31 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:31 26 November 2013

Henry Ellis with his bike in happier times

Henry Ellis with his bike in happier times

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A 36-year-old man said he was "gutted" after returning home to find his prized bike had been stolen from his flat while he was at work.

Henry Ellis, of Seymour Terrace, Anerley said there were no signs of a break-in and nothing else was taken during the burglary on Thursday.

The rare Cervelo S1 bike is worth more than £1,000 and not many of them were bought leading Mr Ellis to believe it was stolen to order.

He said it was not a particularly flashy bike and it would only have been of notice to someone who knew what to look for.

“It’s absolutely gutting,” he said. “I went up to the landing and did a double take as the other bikes were there.

“It’s done quite a lot of charity bike rides so I have covered a lot of miles on it. It’s just really gutting.”

Mr Ellis said he believes that the bike may have been stolen to order as nothing else had been taken during the break-in of his second floor flat.

He said: “It’s horrible that someone would take something that’s precious.

“I don’t think people realise how much bikes mean to us.

“We spend so much time using them. It’s been everywhere with me.”

The aluminium frame has a serial number which has been registered with police although the bike was not insured.

If someone has offered to sell you this bike, or you have information which may help Mr Ellis get it back, call 07886006914.

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