Thieves swipe £5k fishing equipment

Thieves have stolen �5k worth of fishing equipment from Paul Eldred's garage in Pontefract.
Thieves have stolen �5k worth of fishing equipment from Paul Eldred's garage in Pontefract.

Thieves have swiped £5,000 worth of fishing equipment from an avid angler’s garage.

Devastated Paul Eldred spent thousands of pounds on top-of-the-line poles and rods using cash left by his late mother.

But the recently retired production manager was disgusted to find yobs had broken into his property last Thursday and raided his stash of expensive tools.

Mr Eldred, 64, said: “It’s particularly upsetting as I bought the equipment with money my mother left me.

“It’s depressing that people do that sort of thing, it’s bad enough losing thousands of pounds worth of equipment, but they’ve destroyed the garage door too, which is going to cost money.”

The suspects stole around £3,500 of fishing equipment in the break-in at Stump Cross Way, Pontefract, much of it manufactured by top name brands Maver and Preston.

Stolen equipment included tackle boxes and a number of rods including one worth around £1800.

Mr Eldred said: “It’s sickens me that people are so brazen about it.

“The garage is ten yards from my house and they’ve prised a panel off the door – it’s not just a ‘smash and grab’ crime, it took them some time.

“It seems very strange nothing else was taken.”

Mr Eldred said now he has retired he will struggle to replace the equipment and did not know if his home insurance would cover the cost.

He said: “I’m hoping this appeal might get to someone’s conscience. But if they’re prepared to do this in the first place they won’t care I’m retired and I bought the equipment with a few pounds my mum left me, but I can only hope that it might.”

Officers are appealing for information to the incident, which occurred between 12.30am and 7.30am.

PC Scott Foster of the Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT), said: “We are appealing for witnesses to this offence which has caused real upset to the victim.

“Anyone who knows who may be responsible or who is offered a large amount of fishing equipment for sale in the Pontefarct area in suspicious circumstances is asked to contact me at the NPT on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.”