A KEEN angler today appealed for thieves to return his treasured equipment.
Howard Bosson, a taxi driver from Hambleton, lost £5,000 worth of tackle when thieves stole the equipment – most of which had been given to him as a present from his son Philip, who died of cancer.
The items were taken from the garage next to his home on Rydal Road, between 10.30pm on Tuesday, March 29, and 6.20am on Wednesday, March 30.
He said: “When someone gets burgled it’s very upsetting and part of the stuff was what my son had bought me for Father’s Day and Christmas.
“He bought me fishing tackle which cannot be replaced in terms of sentimental value.”
The offenders were believed to have known Mr Bosson as they entered his garage and selected the items from the shelves without disrupting anything else.
Mr Bosson, who has been a fisherman for 50 years, added: “I woke up in the morning and saw the doors of the garage open and I couldn’t believe it.
“And because the garage is not attached to my house, the insurance won’t cover the full cost and I can only get £2,000 back.”
The items taken included fishing rods, a tournament box, a venom pole, Daiwe Morfus whisker, reels and landing nets.
Sgt Steven Bell from Wyre police has urged anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “It is likely these premises have been deliberately targeted and I would urge anybody with any information about this burglary to come forward and contact police.
“I would also urge the fishing community to be vigilant and to report any suspicious equipment being offered for sale.”
Anyone with any information is urged to call Lancashire Police on 01524 63333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.