British adventurer travels world on bike but has it stolen from his Southampton back garden

From the Daily Telegraph:

Geoffrey Williams
Geoffrey Williams

A British adventurer who used the same bike to travel more than 30,000 miles through over 30 countries has had the cycle stolen from his backgarden.

Geoffrey Williams, 53, pedalled across the vast Sahara Desert and escaped from a Hungarian jail during his epic travels on the 1949 touring bike.

He also narrowly avoided being shot by border guards as he travelled from Hungary to the old Yugoslavia with nephew Philip ‘Phizzy’ Middleton, 42.

The cycle has survived numerous crashes including one which was so serious that Mr Williams had to undergo surgery on his back.

But now the yellow bike, nicknamed Celia, has gone missing after thieves managed to negotiate 7ft-high gates, a metal chain and two padlocks.

If you have any information about the stolen bike, please contact Hampshire Police.

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