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Children’s TV star ‘heartbroken’ after bike used to cycle Camino de Santiago is stolen

Former children’s TV star Timmy Mallett is offering a “substantial reward” for the bike he used to cycle the Camino de Santiago.

Mallet, 62, said it is an “awful irony” that the bike was stolen from his local village after he had cycled thousands of miles across Europe on it in memory of his late brother.

He said the bike had been his “best pal” during his pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, in Spain.

The entertainer embarked on the trip five days after his brother Martin, who had Down Syndrome and later suffered from dementia, died aged 64.

But, on Friday evening, after returning from the pilgrimage, which got the seal of approval from Prime Minister Theresa May who is Mallett’s MP, the bike was stolen, as the entertainer sat with friends at his local the Kings Arms in Cookham, Berkshire.

The Wide Awake Club star has appealed for help on social media.

Mallett, who is offering what he described as a “substantial reward” for the bike’s return, told the Press Association: “The irony is so awful. You can take it all over the world and yet at home it was not safe at the local village, in the lovely local pub.”

“I’m heartbroken,” he said. “It’s more than just a bike to me. This bike I’ve cycled with 2,500 miles, halfway across Europe.

“I left in the depths of winter and it took two months. I was on my own and my bike was my best pal along the way, the only thing I could absolutely rely on.

“I’m devastated to lose something so special.”

Picture: Timmy Mallett and Prime Minister Theresa May, as the former children’s TV star has said it is an “awful irony” that his bike, “carrying” his late brother’s memory, was stolen in his local village after he cycled thousands of miles across Europe.