Victim of two moped thefts thanks dealership after help getting back on the road
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A man who was twice the victim of theft has thanked a motorcycle dealership after it helped him buy a new moped and get back to work.
Luke Falder, 28, from Thetford, had mopeds that he had hired from back-to-work charity, Kickstart, stolen twice since February.
The most recent theft, on the night of May 20, saw his white Honda 110 snatched, and left Mr Falder without anyway of getting to his new job at High Lodge.
But he now has new wheels after John Banks Honda in Bury St Edmunds offered him an interest-free deal on a new bike after hearing his story.
The deal has saved Mr Falder £300 on a £3,000 Honda PCX, after help from John Banks salesman, Nick Carter.
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He said he was 'really grateful'.
'The salesman was really understanding and it makes you realise that while there are so some not so nice people out there, there are plenty of others who are really helpful,' he said.
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Mr Falder will now be able to get to his job at Go Ape!, having relied on lifts from friends and colleagues since his bike was stolen.
Kickstart had said he was unlikely to be given another bike after the second theft, due to insurance issues.
And Mr Falder said getting the new bike was a great relief.
'It's made the world of difference by giving me my independence back, and letting me live my life normally again,' he said.
Mr Carter, John Banks Honda's sales manager for motorcycles, said he was happy to help after hearing Mr Falder's story.
'When you're younger incidents like that can really take the wind out of your sails, and you had to feel for Luke.
'It's bad enough having a bike stolen once, let alone twice, so he's had some awful luck.
'Fortunately we were able to help him out and we were happy to do that,' he said.
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