Hereford & Worcester

Injured Worcester soldier's quad bike taken

A paratrooper who lost both legs and an arm when a bomb exploded in Afghanistan has had his quad bike stolen.

L/Cpl Tom Neathway, of Worcester, said his mother discovered it had been taken from a garage early on Wednesday.

He said the bike worth about £6,000 had been "massively important" to him.

L/Cpl Neathway, who works at RAF Brize Norton in an administration role, was injured by a booby trap bomb in Kajaki, Helmand Province, on 22 July 2008.

Campaign medal

He said he was "gutted" and "annoyed" about the theft of the quad bike, which was taken between 0100 and 0600 BST on Wednesday.

L/Cpl Neathway added: "My mum went to check why the security light was on.

"The garage door was half open still, so she realised there's something wrong."

Asked how important the bike was to him, he said: "At first it was like massively important, because I had to wait for quite a while to get a car adapted and with the quad bike it's easy.

"It didn't need adapting whatsoever, so it gave me that freedom to get back on the road."

L/Cpl Neathway has learnt to walk using prosthetic limbs and was able to stand to receive his campaign medal from Prince Charles in December 2008.

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