Leeds: Thieves steal bike left to daughter by plane crash victim

Joanna Oakes with the stolen bike
Joanna Oakes with the stolen bike
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A family who were left devastated when a loving husband and father was killed in a plane crash have suffered a new blow after his prized bicycle was stolen.

Adventurer Tim Oakes died on his way to make the trip of a lifetime to Everest base camp in Nepal in 2012.

His daughter Joanna, 23, who came to Leeds to study, inherited a mountain bike that she used to travel around the city.

But thieves took the bike from the underground car park of flats on Otley Road in Headingley after cutting through chains that were used to secure it.

Mr Oakes’ widow Angie, who was brought up in Leeds but now lives near Warrington in Cheshire, said: “It wasn’t just a bicycle – it was a way for Joanna to feel close to her father.

“It’s something you can’t replace.”

Mr Oakes, who was 57, was a keen mountaineer and outdoor pursuits enthusiast. He was on his way to fulfil a lifetime ambition when he was among 19 people who died in a crash in Kathmandu in September 2012.

Mrs Oakes added: “Words like heartbroken and devastated don’t really describe the internal loss one feels. Our lives are changed forever, what was planned for tomorrow is now yesterday.”

The bike – a black Saracen Urban Esc – was taken on May 28. The family have put up posters appealing for help and contacted police, but to no avail.

They are now asking for the public’s help.

Call police on 101.