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UPDATE: Police comment on bizarre thefts from kind Holbeach air ambulance fundraiser




A well-known fundraiser for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is befuddled by a series of bizarre thefts from his garden.

Les Ward (74), has been fundraising for the medical charity since 1993, simply because he admires the work that they do.

He regularly holds tabletop sales and events to raise money, making his own pickles which he packs into jam jars that he has collected, along with storing various bric-a-brac in his back garden to sell.

Les Ward with his rain damaged bric-a-brac, after a cover was pulled off his cart by an intruder. (9394101)
Les Ward with his rain damaged bric-a-brac, after a cover was pulled off his cart by an intruder. (9394101)

Already this year he has raised almost £1,500 for the charity.

So he was upset to find out that last week someone had climbed over a six foot fence into the back garden of his home in Wilders Garth, Holbeach, and been through the items.

“Someone had been in the garden and pulled the cover off my handcart, which is locked up,” he said. “It was pouring with rain and things got wet. These are jigsaw puzzles and books that I sell to raise money for the air ambulance, so I won’t be able to sell them for much now.

Les next to the fence, which he believes was scaled by an intruder to get into his back garden. (9394119)
Les next to the fence, which he believes was scaled by an intruder to get into his back garden. (9394119)

“They’d also taken the tin lids off stacks of jars that had been donated to me and which I use to make my own pickled cabbage, onions and beetroot, and they’d taken a couple of plastic trays.

“I know these things aren’t worth much and can be replaced but it is my space that they have been into. It’s fenced off so they would have had to climb over.”

His friend Brenda Twigg, who also fundraises with Les, added: “I can’t understand it. It is absolutely ridiculous. Someone has climbed over the fence and taken silly things. Les had some flower pots out and someone had taken one or two of those.

“Then later, we found one of the flower pots had been put back.”

It is thought the incidents happened between Sunday to Tuesday last week.

Neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland, Inspector Gareth Boxall, said: "I can confirm this was reported to us and we are investigating the theft reported by Mr Ward. Mr Ward’s contribution to fundraising for the air ambulance is outstanding so we are as keen as ever to solve this crime.

"If anyone has any information regarding this crime or saw anyone in the area on the evening of April 28, please contact Lincolnshire Police, quoting crime ref 19000224922 or anonymously to CrimeStoppers.

  • Contact Lincs Police on 101 if you have any information or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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