Dorchester man left ‘devastated’ after moped stolen

Oliver Hickey, 29, was directing an amateur play at the old Salvation Army building when his vehicle was stolen from Durngate Street on Wednesday, October 4.

He said: “We heard a loud engine rev at about 8.30pm, but we didn’t think too much of it as we just assumed that it was boy racers.

“I came out of the building at about 9.40pm and found that it had been stolen.

“I am on universal credit and unemployed, so this is a great loss to be able to find work and travel and to have my mode of transport stolen is devastating.”

Mr Hickey explained that he used his bike to get around and was hoping to find different places to work and start up his own business.

He is currently working a couple of different part time jobs and volunteers as a director for amateur dramatic plays, which he hopes to make a career of.

As soon as he discovered the moped missing, he reported it to the police and enquiries are ongoing into the theft.

The director moved to Dorchester from London six years ago.

He said: “It’s not something that you really expect to happen in Dorchester.”

Mr Hickey described the bike as ‘a 2018 white Honda ANC.’

He said: “I really wish that it didn’t happen, but it can’t be helped – I highly doubt that anything is going to be found.

“My bike was padlocked so they would have had to get through that first but ideally, I do hope that it’s found, and I hope that I can get it back on the road and back to work.

“I will probably be walking and catching a lot of buses in the meantime – which will be good for my health.”

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: “We received a report at 9.47pm on Wednesday 4 October 2023 of the theft of a scooter in Durngate Street in Dorchester.

“The incident occurred between 7.15pm and 9.35pm on the same day. Enquiries are ongoing into the report. No arrests have been made.”

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