Feeds

Thieves swipe biker's prosthetic hand

'No good to anyone else', insists semi-armless victim

Security for virtualized datacentres

A disabled biker who left his prosthetic hand gripped to the handlebars of his Suzuki faces a bill for £450 for a new mitt after thieves made off with the original, the Sun reports.

Jack Baker, 19, lost an arm back in May after a head-on collision with a bus in Bristol. He got an artificial hand to allow him to carry on riding his specially-adapted wheels, but lost it when visiting his girlfriend in Knowle. He explained: "It was the first time I had left my hand on the bike. I thought I was only going to be 10 minutes, but I ended up staying for two hours.

"I came out and found the hand was gone. I thought it was my girlfriend's parents messing about, but they said it wasn't them. I went for a look around but I couldn't see my hand anywhere. There were no kids about and no-one to ask if they had seen it."

Baker was forced to make his way home with just one hand, but said he's able to ride his bike quite adequately in semi-armless mode.

Mercifully, Baker had already ordered a back-up hand for racing, which he now uses in anticipation of the return of his accessory. The replacement is apparently not as good as the thieved mitt, and unless the cops can locate it, he faces a hefty bill for a new prosthetic.

Baker elaborated: "I went to the hospital and they said I couldn't have another one unless I paid £450, which seemed a lot. I had ordered a hand for racing just a few weeks before it got nicked, because I thought it would be useful to have a spare. But I still need my old hand back. It was better quality and will last a lot longer."

Any Reg reader offered a prosthetic hand in a boozer is urged to use it to ring Avon and Somerset Police on 0845 456 7000. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know
OMG! Gravity's totes amazeballs. Calm down, George Clooney, not your film
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ
Plus: It's OPEN WARFARE in the Linux greybeard world
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.