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M-way death family's bikes stolen

David Statham and his wife Michelle (top left) with their four children Jay (top right), Mason (bottom left); Reece, 13, and Ellouise (bottom righ
The Statham family were killed in October in a crash on the M6

Thieves have stolen two children's bikes which had belonged to a family-of-six killed in a motorway crash.

David and Michelle Statham, 38 and 33, and their children Reece, 13, Jay, nine, Mason, 20 months, and Ellouise, 10 weeks, all died on 20 October.

Reece and Jay's mountain bikes were taken from the family home in Llandudno, Conwy on Friday.

The Apollo Creed cycles were taken during the early hours from the back garden.

The family were killed on the motorway in Cheshire as they travelled home from visiting family in Birmingham.

Their car collided with a lorry and caught fire.

A 46-year-old Portuguese man, Paulo Jorge Nogueira da Silva, has been remanded in custody after being charged at Chester Crown Court with six counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

I am disgusted that this has happened and promise to bring the person or persons responsible to justice
Pc Manus Sheridan

North Wales Police do not have any descriptions of the bikes but a mountain bike has been recovered nearby and is due to be examined by forensic experts.

Michelle Statham's sister Angela Hagans said: "The people of Llandudno have been so helpful and compassionate towards us but we are really disappointed and heartbroken that someone has taken these bikes.

"Anyone who can help the police with their investigation should contact them immediately."

Pc Manus Sheridan urged anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour near the Statham's home to come forward and contact the police.

"I am disgusted that this has happened and promise to bring the person or persons responsible to justice," he said.

Police are carrying out house-to-house inquiries and with anyone with information to contact Llandudno Police Station on 0845 607 1001 (Welsh line) 0845 607 1002 (English line) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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