James Middleton is reunited with his £2K dog bike days after it was stolen and reveals it was ‘damaged’ and ‘disguised with a bad paint job’ (but golden retriever Mabel’s ball is still inside)
- James Middleton, 32, revealed on Instagram that he has found stolen dog bike
- A stranger helped him find it online, and James will donate to charity as thanks
- Duchess of Cambridge’s brother was devastated when it was stolen last week
- He said that taking his nine dogs out on the bike brought him ‘so much joy’
- Thieves, who ‘damaged’ and ‘badly disguised’ the bike with paint, yet to be found
James Middleton has recovered his £2,299 Babboe Cargobike dog bike, just four days after it was stolen by thieves.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, 32, took to his Instagram account to reveal he was ‘overjoyed’ at being reunited with the bike with the help of a stranger online, but has described it as being ‘damaged and disguised with a bad paint job’.
The dog lover has said that he will double his planned donation to Battersea Cats and Dogs home as a thanks to those who helped him with the search.
On Wednesday James admitted he was devastated when the bike was taken, saying it brought him ‘so much joy’.
The thieves who took the bike are yet to be found, though James earlier said CCTV was being investigated.
James Middleton has recovered his £2,299 Babboe Cargobike dog bike, just four days after it was stolen by thieves. He pleaded for help last in finding his dog bike last week after it was stolen by thieves, sharing a picture as he previously enjoyed a bike ride with some of his pack of nine dogs
James has now revealed he has recovered his dog bike, calling the discovery ‘amazing’, and thanking those who helped him find it
Sharing the good news on his Instagram stories, he wrote: ‘Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word…Amazingly, my bike has been found and recovered…’
He went on: ‘Sadly it’s been damaged and disguised with a bad paint job! But my key fits in the lock and Mabel’s ball was still inside!’
On Wednesday, the dog lover, who works as a host at Scottish hotel Glen Affric Lodge near Loch Ness, shared a picture along with his nine dogs – Golden Retriever Mabel, a black Labrador, two Cocker Spaniels, and five black Spaniels called Rafa, Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna.
Captioning the post, he wrote: ‘Sadly my Dog Bike got stolen. Ella & Co are devastated – taking the dogs out on the bike brings me so much joy and to all those we meet on the way.
He posted further stories revealing that his dog bike had been damaged and poorly disguised by the thieves, who have yet to be caught
The dog lover, who works as a host at Scottish hotel Glen Affric Lodge near Loch Ness, shared a picture of him riding the bike, along with his nine dogs – Golden Retriever Mabel, a black Labrador, two Cocker Spaniels, and five black Spaniels called Rafa, Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna
Captioning the pictures, he wrote: ‘Sadly my Dog Bike got stolen. Ella & Co are devastated – taking the dogs out on the bike brings me so much joy and to all those we meet on the way’
‘There is CCTV which is being investigated but would love to find it… please spread the word and if this reaches 15k likes I will make a donation to our neighbour’s dog & cat home in support of their wonderful work whose residents have lost more than just a bike!’.
Sharing their sympathy for James, one fan wrote: ‘I really hope your bike is found …just love this expression of individuality ..it has become such a boring world!’
Another added: ‘That’s awful- so sorry to hear that! I hope you get it back and the perpetrator is brought to justice!’
James’ Instagram account reveals he is an avid wildlife lover with a love of outdoor spots, who enjoys frequent hikes with his army of dogs.
Explaining that he was devastated as the bike brought him ‘so much joy’, he confirmed that it CCTV footage was being investigated – but he would donate to his neighbour’s dog and cat home if his post reached 15,000 likes. With the post at 30,000 likes, he said he plans to double his donation
James’ Instagram account reveals he is an avid wildlife lover with a love of outdoor spots, who enjoys frequent hikes with his army of dogs
His love for wildlife is apparent, and he posts a plethora of pictures of his ‘ever growing pack’ of dogs- even bottle-feeding some from puppyhood.
The animal lover is seen exploring his picturesque Scottish surroundings with them, even taking them on a private jet, as well as taking them skiing and on holiday to exotic locations.
In September it emerged the youngest Middleton is working as a host at Glen Affric Lodge near Loch Ness, owned by David Matthews, father of Pippa’s hedge fund manager husband, James.
James’s account contains a fascinating glimpse at the life of the Duchess of Cambridge’s sibling- he is seen with one of his nine dogs enjoying a splash in a pool in an unknown location
Affric Lodge comes with ample opportunities for outdoor activities, along with personal gamekeepers, world-class cuisine from personal French chefs and a butler.
This month James shared his first picture alongside French financial expert Alizee Thevenet, 29, who he started dating last summer.
The pair were pictured holidaying in St Barts with Pippa Middleton, her husband James Matthews, brother-in-law Spencer Matthews, and his wife Vogue Williams at the beginning of the year.
Speaking about the romance, Alizee’s father, who owns a Bed & Breakfast in rural France, told MailOnline: ‘James is a very charming man.
James owns nine dogs, Golden Retriever Mabel, a black Labrador, two Cocker Spaniels, and five black Spaniels called Rafa, Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna. He is seen taking them on a private plane
‘I am very happy that Alizee is together with James. I know she is very happy. We keep our fingers crossed for them.
‘I am not allowed to say how they met, to give away their secrets. You must talk to her or James, they will be back in London soon, but I’m very happy for them.
‘I have seen the pictures of Alizee and James in St Barts. They look very happy. Alizee is very happy living in London.’
A friend added: ‘James and Alizee met in a bar. James offered her a drink and Alizee did not know who he was until her friend told her.
‘They have been dating for more than six months now and she has already spent time with his family in the family cottage. Things are getting serious between them.’
Alizee, who grew up in Germany, Indonesia, Chile, France, Belgium and England, is said to have been living in London for the past six years after graduating from Queen Mary University of London with a finance masters degree.
James shares a look at his picturesque surroundings as one of his dogs goes for a swim in the Scottish lake
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