McGuiness reunited with £10,000 watch

The watch is similar to the one McGuinness had stolen.
The watch is similar to the one McGuinness had stolen.

Motorcycle racer John McGuinness has spoken of his relief after a rare £10,000 watch was handed in to police after being stolen.

It is thought that the watch was taken from the glove compartment of Mr McGuinness’s van, parked near his home in Bare, sometime since Saturday evening and 11.30am Monday morning, September 8.

John McGuinness was rewarded the watch after winning his 20th Isle of Man TT

John McGuinness was rewarded the watch after winning his 20th Isle of Man TT

It has now been recovered after being handed into police last night.

The watch, worth around £10,000, was presented to McGuinness after he won the Isle of Man 2013 Senior TT.

It is only one of 10 in existence and is a Graham TT winner’s special edition with an engraving on the underside saying ‘TT Senior Winner.’

Mr McGuinness said: “I’ve been to the police station to recover the watch after it was handed in by somebody.

“I’m very pleased to get it back. I worked very hard to get that and I put my neck on the line.

“I am very proud of my watch and the lesson learned there is probably don’t leave it in the glove compartment of your van.”

Lancashire Police are still making enquiries as to who is responsible for taking the watch.

John McGuinness was one of the first motorcyclists to break through the 130 mph barrier and set the current lap record at 131.587 mph.

The Morecambe racer took his first victory at the annual Isle of Man TT Races in 1999.

He was given The Visitor’s Sunshine Sport Award in 2012.

Last year, at the Senior TT, he secured his 20th win, the race in which he was awarded the watch.