Plea to find stolen rods

A SELSTON angler is calling on others with a passion for fishing to help police trace thousands of pounds worth of equipment stolen from his home.

A collection of top-of-the-range tackle, including rods, reels, nets and more than 2,000 wet and dry flies, were taken from the house on Crescent Road in the village last month.

The burglary took place some time between 1.20pm and 6.15pm on Friday October 14. Also stolen was a fully-stocked Fox tackle box, holdalls and kit bags.

Among the most treasured possessions taken were two fly fishing rods made by Sharpe’s of Aberdeen and three Free Spirit branded carp rods.

Owner Chad Critchley said: “It has taken years and thousands of pounds to put together this collection of equipment.

“Aside from the cost and the time invested in it, other anglers will know there are also fond memories attached to each rod.

“It may be that whoever stole the kit knew that I had it or had perhaps seen me unload it from my car and got lucky.

“So far my own enquiries and those of the police have not traced the offenders or the equipment, but I would be very surprised if someone is not trying to sell this kit on.

“My message to fellow anglers is that if you have been offered or hear of anyone else being offered angling equipment that you suspect may be stolen, please contact the police immediately.”

n Anyone with information should contact Det Con Neil Allsop at Nottinghamshire Police on 101 ext 804 4737 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.