The family of an Aberdeen man who died in a car crash have spoken of their shock after thieves stole his beloved motorbike.
Mark Wood, 38, died when his silver Honda Jazz collided with a grey Volkswagen Golf on the B999 Aberdeen to Pitmedden road near Udny Station last October.
The 73-year-old man driving the other car was taken to hospital.
Mark, who stayed in Aberdeen city centre, was an off-road motorcross enthusiast and often rode his “pride and joy” motorbike in competitions in the Rhynie area.
It is thought the theft took place between Thursday and Friday last week.
Mark’s mother, Judith Wood, came home one evening to find thieves had smashed a lock on a garage at her farm in Methlick and stolen the bike and helmet.
Her granddaughter – Mark’s daughter – Sophia Traynor, 19, of Bridge of Don, who is expecting her first child, said: “My granny came home at tea time and the bike was gone.
“The garage padlock had been broken and the helmet had been taken too.
“My granny has had to deal with police.
“Losing her son was bad enough and having to go through this is just too much for her. This has shocked us all.”
Sophia, who is a make-up artist, and is due to give birth to her baby boy in December, said she is so devastated by the theft of the bike she has stumped up £1,000 of her savings as a reward for its safe return.
“The bike has huge sentimental value and was my dad’s pride and joy and we weren’t ready to sell it just yet,” said Sophia.
She added: “The money was going towards myself – his daughter and unborn grandchild – so the thieves have essentially stolen from us. It’s disgusting.”
The motorcross bike is a KTM 450 SX model. It is orange and black and features Red Bull stickers and a number 5.
Investigating officer PC Chantelle Munoz said: “We are investigating following the theft of a KTM motorbike from the Methlick area which is believed to have happened between 11am on August 23 and 7am on Friday August 24.
“The bike has particular sentimental value and we are urging anyone who may have information that could assist us with our investigation to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.