A PRIEST has made a desperate appeal for the return of his bicycle after the prized possession was stolen from his home in Burton.
Reverend Pete Orton, an Anglican priest at St Modwen’s Church and St Aidan’s Church in the town, has been forced to find other means of getting around after the bike was taken from his back garden in Wetmore Road on Saturday.
According to friends, Rev Orton, who can also regularly found volunteering at Burton’s YMCA centre, is never seen without his bike.
He says he is already missing the bicycle, not only because of how often he uses it but how he came to have it in the first place.
He said: “It was given to me by the people I work with at the centre. It suited me.
“I’m a priest so I like to get around in the community. I like to meet people and talk to people, so it’s useful for a lot of things.
“It suited me for what I needed and it’s going to be hard to replace.”
Katie McMillan, a youth participation and engagement officer at Burton’s YMCA centre, and a friend of Rev Orton’s, said it was much more to him than just a bike.
She said: “I think he’s a bit heartbroken to be honest. It was his favourite bike and we just want him to be able get it back.
“We’re hoping that someone might have seen something and can help us get it back.”
Ms McMillan said there was a certain irony that the bike was taken from where Rev Orton thought it would be safe.
She said: “It was in his back garden when it was taken. Ironically, he normally leaves it everywhere and it is fine.”
The police are currently investigating the incident but with the chances of the perpetrator being traced appearing unlikely, Rev Orton is hopeful that whoever stole the bike will find it in their heart to return it.
He said: “It’s just sad. I’m hoping the person that took it might be kind enough to put it back.”