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Police are appealing for information after a £7,000 bike was stolen from a triathlete who was raising money for charity.
Charity fundraiser Paul Nash, 56, of Worcester, was due to take part in an Iron Man race on Sunday, 21 September in Menorca, when his bicycle was stolen from the back of his car on Sunday, 3 August at approximately 03:00hrs.
His car was parked in Highbridge Road, Barking, when thieves stole the bicycle which was secured to back his car parked near a hotel he was staying in.
It is a rare racing bike and without it, Mr Nash will not be take part in the Iron Man race.
The gruelling course is a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride and finishes with a 26.2 mile run.
He has never competed in the race before and had hoped to raise the as much money as possible for his chosen charities.
The stolen bike is a Trek Speed Concept 7.5 Black Carbon Fibre Racing Bike. It has white handle bars, but this particular bike has been upgraded with bright red tape on the handles. He has also replaced his wheels with Fulcrum Wheels which have a particular spokes fitted. On the rear is a black storage box.
The suspects are described two white males in their teens wearing dark clothing including hoodies. One of the suspects was carrying cream-style "manbag".
Detective Constable Stacey Laslett, of the Motor Vehicle Crime Squad in Barking and Dagenham, said: "I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward as soon as possible and help us find his bike.
"Paul was raising money for charities he holds close to his heart through personal experiences. He has managed to raise between £1,200 - £4,000 a year for these charities. Without the bike he cannot take part and raise more money."
Mr Nash said: "I am saddened by the theft of my trek triathlon bike. Having trained with it for months, leading up to my biggest charity race which is the Iron man in Menorca.
"This will affect not only my race but my ability to raise money for a great cause which is the McMillan cancer support."
Anyone with information is asked the the Barking and Dagenham Motor Vehicle Crime Squad on 020 8217 7976, 07557 596255 or Crimestoppers 0800 111 555 or the police non-emergency line on 101.