Jan 25 2010 By Jack Griffith
THE Hayes Hawks BMX Club has been rescued from the brink of ruin after the majority of their stolen bikes were recovered.
The BMXs were found in a nearby garage on Friday evening (January 22), and it is understood that the police were tipped off before making the discovery at the property in Juniper Way, Hayes.
33 of the club's bikes, a generator and protective gear used by the young members that regularly attend the BMX sessions were taken from their facilities container next to the bike track at Lake Farm Country Park in Dawley Road, Hayes, on January 11.
The club's founding members had appealed for information regarding the bikes' whereabouts, and hopes of finding them dwindled as fund-raising plans to keep the club afloat started being made.
The bikes have now been returned to the club's owners, and their recovery means that the long-standing Hawks are back in business, much to the relief of the Club's Chairman, Scott Dick, who said that the seizure was "great news": "Aside from any financial trouble that we may have faced, the main thing is that we wouldn't have been able to operate the way we normally do; there would be nothing for the local kids, nothing to encourage them to come, and we would have had to build the club back up from scratch.
"We were shocked, mainly because they were being kept so close to the track. They were literally being held 5 minutes walk away."
This latest burglary was the second in the space of a year, and the club are currently looking for a more secure storage facility.
Mr Dick added: "We think there are six bikes still missing but we have the bulk of them back with us so its business as usual from next weekend.
"We have been getting calls from parents of the kids who come to the club and we have had a lot of positive feedback, it's great news."
The Hawks BMX club was started up in 1981 and is a pillar of the Hayes community, providing coaching and training for over 100 young members. It is the number one BMX club in London, nurturing some of the most talented young bikers in the country.