Police appeal after memorial presentation box stolen from car

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POLICE are appealing for information after a memorial, created in memory of a man who died in a car accident in Colne, was stolen last month.

The tribute to Tom Petty who tragically died in a car accident in Colne in 2009 was stolen along with other items from a car parked on Oak Street overnight between the 16th and 17th of June.

The memorial, a presentation case containing toy fire engines with a gold plaque engraved with the words ‘In loving memory of Tom Petty’, was due to be presented to Colne Fire Station the following Monday.

Along with the memorial, a box of ‘Help for Heroes’ fundraising t-shirts and sweatshirts, a sat nav, an Ipod and a set of keys were taken.

PC Nicola Heap said, “The presentation box is of huge sentimental value so I would urge anyone who might have any information at all that could potentially lead to its recovery to get in touch as soon as possible.

“Similarly, if anyone has noticed anything suspicious in the area either on the night or in the days since the theft then I would urge them to come forward.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on the new non-emergency number 101 or alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.