Local councillor launches crowdfunding campaign to replace boy’s stolen bicycle
A local councillor has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to buy a brand-new bicycle for a 15-year-old local boy who had his stolen just hours after he had bought it.
Zayn Khan, who lives in Upney Lane, had saved up his pocket money for an entire year to buy himself a Carrera Parva mountain bike, only to be attacked by callous thieves who took the bike from him in Barking Park while he was out riding it for the first time.
As he approached the football courts, three men attacked him and took the black, 18-inch bike, which had cost £200.
After reading about Zayn’s ordeal in The Post, Councillor Faruk Choudhury launched the fundraiser to buy a replacement bicycle for the Barking Abbey School pupil.
Councillor Faruk Choudhury, who is the ward councillor for Longbridge, said: “When I heard what had happened to Zayn I was appalled and saddened. As a community we have to do something to help.
“We need to pull together to show Zayn that we are one borough, one community – that is why I’m launching a crowdfunding campaign. No one, young or old, should feel afraid to leave their home. I wish Zayn a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the saddle soon.”
Zayn’s father, Juwaid, reported the robbery to the police. Anyone who has any information as to the whereabouts of the bicycle is asked to please contact the police.
If you’d like to contribute towards a replacement bicycle for Zayn, please visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/newbikeforzayn.