Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 07 Jan 2016
A number of classic bikes from a collection owned by the Padgett family were stolen from their dealership in Batley over the Christmas period.
Police are appealing for information after thieves broke in to a metal storage container attached to the shop some time between 6pm Sunday 20 December and 3:30pm Monday 4 January.
The bikes stolen include a 1976 Yamaha RD250, white with red Yamaha speed blocks on the tank, an orange and black 1971 Yamaha YR5, a 1960s blue and white Vespa, a purple 1954 Ariel Square 4, Yamaha DT100 with white tank and a BSA Gold Flash.
The collection is thought to belong to Peter Padgett, who founded Padgetts Motorcycles in 1958, and has huge sentimental value to the entire family.
A statement from the police read: “We are keen to speak to anyone who has seen any suspicious activity in the vicinity of Padgett’s Motorcycles over the time period that this offence has occurred or anyone who has information relating to the current whereabouts of the stolen bikes.”
Anyone with information should contact the Kirklees Burglary team via the 101 number or alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Fingers crossed the bikes make a speedy return!