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STOLEN BIKE ALERT! London family with autistic child plead for return of cargo bike stolen yesterday

Distinctive Nihola 4.0 bike, which can take four eight-year-olds, was stolen from Oval on Monday evening

A London family with an autistic child are pleading for the return of their Nihola cargo bike after it was stolen on Moinday evening near Oval.

Bex Chapman said in a post to the London Cycling group on Facebook that the Danish-made bike was "like our car" and that her family "totally depend on it."

"Please keep your eyes peeled," she wrote. "Stolen family cargo bike! Our massive Nihola, built to carry four 8 year olds, was stolen from near the Oval last night.

"It's like our car, we totally depend on it. Our middle son is severely autistic and this is the best way for him to travel as it prevents the sensory overload on the bus but he can't run into the road!

"He was devastated someone has 'lost' his family bike," she added.

As to the circumstances of the theft, she explained: "It had a wheel lock on; left for 5 min while my husband ran an errand.

"If anyone sees it, or can help return it to us, please please be in touch! Thanks so much!"

Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the distinctive bike, which the family bought in August.

But Bex said: "The parking rest underneath is a bit bent, the front is quite worn from being bumped on pavements while full of heavy boys, and the tip of the handle for the parking brakecame off a while ago, if you want distinguishing features.

"And it was full of mess and Pirate Party election leaflets," she added. 

If you have any information regarding the bike, or suspect you may have seen it, please contact the local policing team for Vassall in Lambeth, who have put out a social media appeal to try and find the bike.

Alternatively, contact us on info [at] and we will get a message to the family.

You can find more pictures and details of the Nihola 4.0 on the Danish brand's website.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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