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Reward offered to catch thief who rammed teen off bike.

A COVENTRY mum is offering a reward after thieves used a car to deliberately ram her teenage son off his new motorbike, before stealing it from him.

The Evening Telegraph reported last week that the teenager had suffered a dislocated knee and broken bones in the incident, which happened just before 11pm on January 14.

Dane Jones, aged 17, from Holbrooks, had only bought the bike three days before after saving up for several months - and it was only the second time he had taken the unusual pounds 800 machine out.

He was taking his girlfriend home along Langbank Avenue, Ernesford Grange, when the white Vauxhall Astra rammed into them from behind, flinging them both into the street.

He told the Evening Telegraph: "I thought they were going to come and kill me - I didn't know what I had done. Then one of them got out of the car and took the bike."

The white car then sped off following the stolen Yamaha DT125.

Dane was taken to hospital where he was told he had a dislocated his knee and broken bones in his foot.

His girlfriend escaped with cuts and bruises, but trainee plumber Dane will be off work for several weeks.

The former President Kennedy pupil is still in a lot of pain and has been mostly confined to his bed since the accident.

His angry mum Debbie is offering a cash reward to help catch the gang responsible.

She said: "It makes me really angry that a lad can work hard and save up for something decent, and someone thinks they can just take it off you."

The family is now hoping someone will spot the distinctive blue, red and white bike, registration number J830 JUF. Anyone with information is asked to call Det Con Julia Baskerville on 024 7653 9040.

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Date:Jan 22, 2003
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