By Rob Banks
An Ipswich grandmother today claimed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took her dead husband’s bike while on an election campaign visit to the town earlier this year.
Mrs Mary Dell, 83, a former nurse and now a resident in an old folks home in Bury St Edmunds, told The Suffolk Gazette: “My Bill passed away in the January so I put his bike away in our shed for safekeeping. It was only after Mr Corbyn’s visit in March that I noticed it had gone.
“The padlock had been cut off the shed door and the bike was missing along with our lawn mower and some of Bill’s tools. I immediately put two and two together and realised that Mr Corbyn must have done it.
“I even saw him riding a bike down his street the other day on television. It looked like Bill’s bike because it had two wheels and some pedals, but it seems he has painted it a different colour. Bill’s was red and Mr Corbyn has painted it blue, which is a bit ironic, don’t you think?
“I’ve never voted Labour and I never will to be honest, especially after this.”
Mr Corbyn, who received surprise Labour leadership backing from North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who has a holiday caravan in Suffolk, last night strongly denied the allegation that he took a bike from a shed in Ipswich.
Speaking to reporters outside his home in North London, he said: “It’s absurd to suggest I had anything to do with the disappearance of this lady’s bicycle. I freely admit I may have climbed over her back fence to answer a call of nature, but I certainly didn’t lop off the padlock on the shed with bolt-croppers, nor did I take the bike, a hammer and bolster, a pair of mole grips and an olive-green Suffolk Punch lawnmower with detachable grass collector.”
This latest allegation comes just two weeks after former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, was quizzed following a break-in at a Jaguar car showroom in Lowestoft.
Last night a Suffolk police insider said: “Of course Mr Corbyn did not take this woman’s bike. She must be mistaken.”
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