Star’s shirt theft shock

Brett Ferres.
Brett Ferres.

CASTLEFORD Tigers’ star Brett Ferres is appealing for information after “irreplaceable” rugby shirts were stolen from his home.

The Super League forward discovered around 20 items were missing from his house in Allerton Bywater last month – including “invaluable” personalised shirts he wore while playing for England, Wakefield, Bradford and Tigers.

He said: “They are irreplaceable to me. If anybody comes across them I’d really like to have them back.”

The top-flight star realised the shirts were missing when he went to get the items of memorabilia framed.

He said: “They were all in a bag ready to be framed. It was only when I went to take them for framing that I realised they had gone.

“I’ve had the police involved and everything, there’s no other explanation than that they have been stolen.

“There are signed Warrington and Australia shirts and a West Tigers shirt from when I played against them in the World Club Challenge.

“I’m absolutely gutted. They are invaluable to me and hold good memories from my career so far.”

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.

Meanwhile, a petition in support of Tigers’ plan to sell its Wheldon Road ground for a supermarket development – which the club claims could spark £150m of investment in the Five Towns and create 2,000 jobs – has hit 9,000 signatures.

The document, by Tigers Together and Castleford Tigers Supporters’ Club, was also signed by Pigeon Detectives drummer Jimi Naylor during the club’s clash with Wigan on Sunday.

Kevin Lloyd, chairman of Tigers Together, said: “We are very pleased to have collected so many signatures at this stage and remain on course to meet our target of 15,000.

“The support from the public has been overwhelming and from this, we feel the only potential barrier in our way from achieving the target is the logistics involved in collecting so many signatures.

“I can’t emphasise enough how important this petition is.

“Hitting the 15,000 mark would be such a statement of support for the development and the club’s bid to move to the new stadium in Glass Houghton.”

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