‘I wanted to give them to my grandson’ – appeal after grandfather’s vintage fishing rods stolen

DISTRAUGHT: Raymond Blench at the door of his garden shed
DISTRAUGHT: Raymond Blench at the door of his garden shed
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A PENSIONER has been left heartbroken after burglars broke into his shed and stole his vintage fishing rods.

Raymond Blench, 72, had been hoping to pass on the rods to his 15-year-old grandson, and he said the equipment was of significant sentimental value.

He awoke on Father’s Day to find three padlocks broken off his shed and the nine rods and reels, worth £1,400, had gone.

Raymond had not used the equipment for at least a decade after suffering a major heart attack 11 years ago and then having a stroke two years later.

The grandfather-of-four, of George Avenue, Easington Colliery, said: “It’s annoying really, these rods are difficult to get – you can’t replace them. They cost me a lot.”

Raymond’s family have appealed for help in tracing the rods on social networking site Facebook, and police have launched an appeal for information.

Thieves broke into the dad-of-two’s shed sometime between the night of Saturday, June 15, and the early hours of Sunday, June 16. Among the brands taken were Tawny, Ambassador and Hardy rods.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Tony Donnelly at Peterlee Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.