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May 24 2012

Thieves steal children’s football shirts from garden shed

Youth football teams from Harrow’s Kodak FC will be left devastated after their football kits were stolen from their manager’s garden shed last weekend.

Between Friday 18 and Monday 21 May, four sets of red football shirts and two sets of yellow shirts (approx 90 shirts in total), all bearing the Kodak FC logo were stolen, along with ten bottles of wine and champagne from the shed in Talbot Road, Wealdstone.

The shed owner, Paul Whitehead, a School Site Manager at Elmgrove School who has been volunteer team manager and coach of Kodak FC Under 14s team for the past 14 years, said: “When we found out we felt absolutely sick. I haven’t had the heart to tell any of the children yet. I am dreading having to break the bad news to them at Thursday’s training session. I know they will be absolutely gutted. I think it is absolutely shameful that someone could be so heartless as to steal children’s football kits.”

Please ensure you secure shed doors and fit locks to garages…

Paul’s wife Sue, who is the team’s fixture secretary and welfare officer, said: “What we’re trying to do is keep children off the streets by providing them an opportunity to play football in an organised environment three nights a week. Kodak FC runs youth teams from under 7s to under 17s and they will all be disadvantaged by the theft – that’s over 150 children.”

The wine and champagne bottles had been set aside for Paul and Sue to celebrate their silver 25th wedding anniversary later this year

PC Derek Livingstone, from Marlborough and Wealdstone Safer Neighbourhoods Team, who is investigating the break in, said: “Anyone who sees these distinctive football kits should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“We believe that this was an opportunistic crime and are hoping that this publicity might persuade the thieves to examine their consciences and return the kits. Shed and garages are often the first places that burglars target. In recent weeks we have seen several sheds, garages and outhouses broken into, with power tools, alcohol and foodstuffs targeted. Please ensure you secure shed doors and fit locks to garages. Remember to close all side gates and secure all garden tools and ladders, as burglars often use these to break into homes.”

Source: Metropolitan Police

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