One of Britain’s top freestyle motor cross riders has been left shattered by thieves who raided his isolated home near Exeter.
The thieves struck at the home of Jamie Squibb, 31, while he was performing before thousands in Sheffield over the weekend.
When he and his girlfriend Megan Jeffreys returned to their home, a recent barn conversions outside Tedburn St Mary, they found it had been ransacked and that five motorcycles - including a 2014 Kawasaki KX 450 which had never been started – had been stolen.
Other essential spares, tyres, five crash helmets and suits of leather riding gear were also taken and Mr Squibb reckons the total value was over £30,000.
Exeter police are investigating and have appealed for help in tracking down the gang who are thought to spent the weekend checking the site and must have known Mr Squibb would be away.
Mr Squibb, who has won five British championships in his sport, said: “The Sheffield show had gone really well but then we came home on Sunday afternoon and found this.
“They had smashed their way into the house, which is half a mile from the nearest made-up road, and just cleared me out.
“They have looted everything, as well as the five bikes they have taken my crash helmets and my sets of leathers which have Squibby and my sponsors embossed on them.
“They have taken my Bose sound systems, computer with all my contacts and future bookings on it and cameras.
“They have ransacked the place and even found £5,000 in cash I had hidden away.
“They have gone through my clothes and turned things upside down. Things have been tipped out and everything just seems dirty now. It is devastating ”
To make matters worse the couple had only recently moved in the newly finished barn conversion - which has yet to be registered.
Said Mr Squibb “It means everything was uninsured.
“All I have left is the bike and the set of leathers I used in Sheffield . That’s last year’s bike. I never had a chance to even start the new one.”
Forensic teams have gone over the house and Mr Squibb said the view was that it was a professional team of thieves who had targeted the property.
He added that a white, long wheel base Mercedes Sprinter van was seen in the area
The bikes stolen in the raid were:
• Kawasaki KX 450 2014
• Gasgas 250
• 2 x Honda CRF 50’s
• Yamaha YZ250
Anmyone who can help track down the thieves is asked to contact Exeter police on 101 , quoting crime number JC/14/90