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Widower appeals to thieves to return memorial bench stolen from Darlington Cricket Club
A WIDOWER has urged thieves to return a memorial bench dedicated to his late wife.
Two benches were stolen from Darlington Cricket Club between Friday October 4 and Monday October 7.
One of the benches was donated in memory of cricketer Fred Burton and the other in memory of Jim Robinson’s wife, Joyce, who had served as a tea lady at the club for 35 years.
Mr Robinson, 81, said: “I bought the bench with a memorial plaque and donated it to the club because my wife did a lot for them.
“It had been there for eight years and it was a shock to see it was missing, I just cannot believe anyone would do it.
“My wife would be stotting about it. I am an old fellow now and you just don’t expect this sort of thing.
“My daughters are upset, they used to put flowers on the bench for her birthday. I just want to appeal to whoever took it to return it to where it should be.”
Club steward John Barnes added: “We are hoping someone has a conscience enough to bring the benches back.”
Anyone with information about the theft should contact police on non-emergency number 101.
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