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Paralympian Tim Farr's adapted bike stolen from his car

The tweet showing the stolen bike Image copyright Tim Farr
Image caption The £5,000 recumbent bike is about 6ft (1.8m) long and is powered by the rider's hands rather than feet

A paralympian has had his specially adapted bicycle stolen from outside his south west London home.

Tim Farr, who was a member of the British Disabled Ski team at the Vancouver Paralympics in 2010, said the bike represented "freedom" to him.

He said it was stolen from his car parked outside his home near Balham at about 04:00 BST.

The skier told BBC Radio London it was a "lifeline to something other than the wheelchair".

A campaign has since started on Twitter with the hashtag #getTimhisbikeback to help reunite Mr Farr with the bike.

A crowdfunding website has also been launched to replace the specialist hand cycle, as Mr Farr's insurance will not cover its loss.

Lambeth Police confirmed a three-wheel handbike had been reported stolen and said inquiries were continuing.

Image copyright Tim Farr
Image caption Tim Farr suffered a spinal injury in a skiing accident 12 years ago