Heartless thieves steal pensioner Muriel’s beloved bicycle

Shirley Forbes, Company Captain, pictured with former member Muriel Moorhead at the service held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 82nd Northern Ireland (Ebrington) Girls Brigade in Ebrington Presbyterian Church in 2010. INLS4810-188KM
Shirley Forbes, Company Captain, pictured with former member Muriel Moorhead at the service held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 82nd Northern Ireland (Ebrington) Girls Brigade in Ebrington Presbyterian Church in 2010. INLS4810-188KM

Widespread outrage has been expressed with the revelation that heartless thieves have stolen the beloved bicycle of well-known Waterside pensioner Muriel Moorhead.

Muriel, who is in her 80s, cycles everywhere, and is a familiar site on the roads of the Waterside and Drumahoe, was visiting the bank when thieves struck.

The folks at the Legenderry Motor Club quickly rallied to Muriel’s aid and have begun fundraising for a new bike.

The revelation prompted an understandably emotive response.

The Motor Club posted: “This week some lowlife stole an elderly (in her 80s) lady’s bike from outside the Ulster bank in Clooney Terrace in the Waterside area of the city.

“Muriel Moorhead cycles everywhere on her bike in all weather, even in the snow, and is well known throughout the Waterside.

“She is heartbroken over the situation and can’t believe that someone has stolen it as the bike is not worth anything as its quite old.

“It’s her lifeline to get out and about to the shops, etcetera.

“We here at the Legenderry Motor Show would like to help Muriel get back on two wheels.

“If we could ask everyone to donate £1 via paypal. Our paypal address is legenderrymotorshow@yahoo.co.uk.

DUP MLA Gary Middleton also expressed his anger at the theft.

“A very active lady. Disgusting that someone would stoop so low to steal from her,” he remarked.