Carer ‘devastated’ after bike is stolen and then turns up damaged

Careworker  Andrea Cowling of Boston who had her electric bike stolen and now has to walk between the elderly peoples' homes she visits.
Careworker Andrea Cowling of Boston who had her electric bike stolen and now has to walk between the elderly peoples' homes she visits.

A care worker from Boston was ‘devastated’ after the electric bike she used to visit elderly people in the town was stolen while on-call at a home.

ndrea Cowling, 61, visited a home in Willoughby Road on the evening of Saturday, November 9, leaving her silver Izip bike outside for 20 minutes.

But when she returned at 8pm, the bike had gone.

Speaking to The Standard last week, she said: “I relied on that to get me between the homes as I cover a wide area of the town.

“It’s five years old and not worth much to anybody, but it was worth a huge amount to me in terms of how much I need it.”

Ms Cowling, of Ingram Road, attends about 11 call-outs in a day in her job with home care service Libertas. The loss of the electric bike left her having to struggle on foot between the homes of those she offers care to.

A few days after reporting the theft, and hearing no word of its recovery, she reluctantly bought a push bike.

“I had to fork out £70 for a pedal bike as that’s all I could afford,” she said, “but can you imagine what that’s like trying to cycle over Sluice Bridge at my age!”

However, on Sunday police called her to say the electric bike had been recovered tied to a lamp post in Woad Farm Road.

“I was overjoyed at first,” she said. ”But then I found out it had been left in a sorry state with the basket and lights stolen and the brakes and gears damaged.

“It is now sitting in my shed as it’s going to take about £100 to get it roadworthy again.”

l If you have any information about the theft call police by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 374 of November 9.