NEWS — 01 July 2014

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Six Irish cyclists who travelled from Limerick to Liverpool to raise money for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster have had their bikes, passports and money stolen from their van while parked near to Anfield stadium.

The six men travelled to Liverpool to take part in Sunday’s Ride for 96, a 96km charity bike ride that raises awareness and funds for those affected by the 1989 tragedy.

Liam Mulcahy, Gerry Finn, Richie Cleary, Barry O’Byrne, Stephen O’Meara and Pat Culligan are all members of charity Cycle 4 Sick Children. They arrived in the UK via ferry on Saturday. In the afternoon, they parked their van outside Anfield while they enjoyed a tour of the stadium only to return to find all their gear, worth over €30,000, had been taken by thieves.

Liam Mulcahy told The Sunday World: “We haven’t a clue what to do, we are stranded- we are absolutely devastated.

“They broke a side window and took our luggage, our clothes, our equipment, our money and our passports, everything.

“We came over to try and do a bit for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and this happened.

“We are not looking for our gear or clothes or cash. The lads just want our bikes back.”

Chief Inspector Chris Hitchell of Merseyside Police told the Liverpool Echo: “This is an absolutely terrible thing to happen to anyone visiting our city.

“But it is made worse by the fact that this group are here to raise money for charity and a cause which is dear to so many Liverpudlians’ hearts.”

Anyone with any information about the theft should call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4065.

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