Sentimental Steyning family motorbikes stolen means kids will miss out on their racing dream

Heartless thieves snatched motorbikes and quads from a storage container at Golding Barn Raceway, between Upper Beeding and Small Dole, last weekend. The theft would have taken place between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning (October 22/23).

The vehicles belonged to James and Hannah Harris and were regularly used by their three young children, aged four, five and six. The family is passionate about motocross and two of the children were planning on competing in racing competitions.

An ‘absolutely devastated’ James took to social media after the flights, writing: ‘The tears shed by the children this morning were enough to fill the ocean.’

James said his six-year-old had his first race earlier this year and “wanted to do the whole championship next year”.

James told SussexWorld his six-year-old son rode his first race earlier this year and “wants to do the whole championship next year”.

“That was the plan, but I don’t have the money to replace them,” he said. “It’s probably eight to nine thousand pounds of stolen bikes.

“In the current climate, I will not replace any of them.

“The girls love it, it’s their little thing and they can take their friends after school. My two daughters have been horse riding since they were three years old.

Heartless thieves snatched motocross bikes from a storage container at Golding Barn Raceway

“It’s in their blood. It’s been in my family for years. We’ve owned this estate for 70 years.

“Someone came to our lands and took something we can’t replace. It makes you wonder why.”

Hannah, who had to break the news to her children, said those responsible were “the lowest of the lowest”, adding: “It’s really disgusting.

“It’s just kid stuff. That’s what I can’t understand.

Heartless thieves snatched motocross bikes from a storage container at Golding Barn Raceway

“They were just heartbroken, crying. I had to turn it into ‘we’ll do our best to get them back’.

“They wanted to start racing next year and now they can’t.”

James said the thieves broke through the fences of the property and broke into what he believed to be a secure container – protected by CCTV cameras – and led them through the fields to the footpath that leads at Mill Hill car park.

“I guess they loaded them into a vehicle to drive them away,” James said. “They knew what they wanted to do and took all four bikes (2022 Husky FC50, 2020 Yamaha PW50, Suzuki LT50 and a Suzuki LT80).

Heartless thieves snatched motocross bikes from a storage container at Golding Barn Raceway

“I don’t know how they managed to get them to the top of Mill Hill.

“It’s a very steep valley. You struggle to walk up there. It’s a hell of a challenge but they did it.

“There was a lot of sharing on social media. We would be happy to donate £1000 to anyone who can let us know where they are and help us recover them. Someone else we don’t know has offered £1,000, so there’s a £2,000 reward up for grabs if anyone can help.

Sussex Police said officers received a report that four children’s motocross bikes were stolen from a property on Henfield Road.

A spokesperson added: ‘Officers are investigating and anyone with relevant information is urged to report it online or by calling 101, quoting Series 255 of 10/25.’

Heartless thieves snatched motocross bikes from a storage container at Golding Barn Raceway
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