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Dundee mum offers £100 reward after theft of motorbike from her garden

A young Dundee mum is offering a £100 reward for any information about the theft of a motorbike from her garden while she and her two sons lay sleeping in their home.

Cheryl Smart, 26, from Ardler, said she was awoken by a loud noise around 11pm on Sunday.

The stolen motorbike, right, parked in the garden and, left, one that looks very similar pictured being pushed towards a van

Cheryl said: “I was sleeping alone inside with my sons. My partner, Liam Petrie, is currently away on holiday.

“I then heard two gates banging in the garden.

“When I looked out I realised immediately that Liam’s orange dirt bike was gone.

“I am absolutely raging, but it was also pretty scary to think I was alone in the house when someone came along and took the bike.

“I believe someone had been watching because it was taken just after Liam went away on holiday.

“The garden was pitch black and there’s a high wall around my garden, so someone must have known where it was before they were able to take it.”

Cheryl Smart and partner Liam Petrie

Cheryl said that, in a strange twist, she had been shown a photograph subsequently of someone pushing a bike that she believes to be Liam’s.

“I want to offer a reward of £100 for any information that might lead me to who stole the bike.”

A police spokesman said: “We are investigating the theft of a KTM125 off road motorbike from an address in Hazelhead Lane, Ardler, around 11.10pm on Sunday.

“The motorbike was taken from a rear garden and was seen being ridden away by a single person towards Turnberry Avenue.

“We are also appealing after another KTM, this time a 450, was stolen from a garage in Kirk Wynd, Kirriemuir, between 9pm on Sunday and 5am on Monday.

“The bike is orange and black, has no front headlight, and when taken had the registration plate SP10 ERU.

“There is nothing to suggest that these thefts are linked, but we would ask anyone who has been offered a KTM bike for sale since Sunday to contact us, as it may be one these.

“If you have any information please call 101 or speak to a police officer.”