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Mark Hamilton's 1920 Pashley bicycle stolen from Goldfinch Close in Faversham

A well-known 1920s bicycle used in a recent exhibition has been stolen from Faversham.

Mark Hamilton's vintage Pashley butcher's bike was taken from his flat in Goldfinch Close between midnight and 4.30am today (Thursday).

The bike, which is often used at festivals and events to serve seafood from the basket, was exhibited during the Classic Car Show in Faversham back in May.

Mark with his 1920 vintage Pashley trade bike which has been stolen.
Mark with his 1920 vintage Pashley trade bike which has been stolen.

Mark believes it is the only Pashley butcher's bike in the town and possibly in Kent.

It is his only means of transport but it is also crucial for his work - he sells oysters from the basket at the front of it and he was due to be selling at the Faversham Food Festival next weekend.

On the festival website's listings, it currently says "Faversham oysters sold from a bicycle".

He said: "This bike is part of the town's heritage. It always goes down well at the events around the town and it's become a bit famous.

"But now it's a little bit more of Faversham's heritage gone. I've had it for so many years and now it's gone.

"Someone used bolt croppers to cut through the lock so they knew what they were doing.

"I'm cheesed off to say the least."

Police have confirmed they have been informed about the theft and are now investigating.

A spokesman said: “The bicycle is described as a Pashley butcher’s bike that is mainly black and has a board over the middle that says ‘Faversham Oysters homegrown on the Lees Court Estate’.

“On the front is a sign that says ‘Hollowshore Fisheries.’ On the left-hand side is written ‘Louise F1’ and there is a large box on the front.

“Anyone with information is asked to call 01795 419119 quoting reference XY/31558/15.”

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