Tyne & Wear

Tilly Lockey's bike theft leads to two being charged

Tilly, Lucy-Anna and Tia Lockey Image copyright Turner Communications
Image caption The bikes of Tilly, Lucy-Anna and Tia Lockey were stolen in Consett, but recovered within days

Two people have been charged in connection with the theft of specially adapted bike owned by a County Durham girl who lost her hands to meningitis.

Eight-year-old Tilly Lockey's bicycle was taken from a garage in Consett in September, along with those of her sisters Tia and Lucy-Anna.

They were recovered by police days later.

Four people were arrested in connection with the burglary and two have been charged with handling stolen goods.

Image caption Tilly Lockey has had to learn how to carry out tasks with and without her prosthetic hands

A 36-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man from Consett will appear before magistrates in the town on 11 November, police said.

Two other men who were arrested face no further action over the burglary, but one, aged 29, has been charged with cultivating cannabis and the other, aged 26, has been bailed in relation to a drugs offence.

Tilly's hands and toes were amputated in 2007 after she contracted group B meningococcal septicaemia.

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