Fishing equipment worth a four-figure sum stolen from Flitch Green father

PUBLISHED: 11:47 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:54 17 August 2018

Liam Scott has been fishing since he was a boy and was introduced to the activity by his dad. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Liam Scott has been fishing since he was a boy and was introduced to the activity by his dad. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A keen fisherman and Flitch Green father has had approximately £4000 worth of fishing equipment stolen.

CCTV shows the thieves carry Liam's fishing equipment to their vehicle. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDCCTV shows the thieves carry Liam's fishing equipment to their vehicle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Liam Scott, 25, has been fishing for nearly 20 years and used to enjoy the activity with his dad before he passed away.

Now Liam faces having to replace the equipment or give up his hobby after thieves broke into his van which was parked outside his house on Tanton Road in Flitch Green which he shares with his partner and their 15-month-old baby.

Essex Police believe the equipment was taken between 4pm on August 12 and 7.10am on August 13.

Items that were taken from Liam’s white Ford van include three Spirit Hi-S handle rods worth £350 each, three blue and silver Shimano Ultegra Xta 1200 reels, three blue Delkim TXI bite alarms which Liam bought a month ago and had only used twice.

All the thieves left was Liam’s fishing bed and a few other pieces according to Liam and his partner, Jessica Cressey.

The thieves took the equipment from Liam's van which was parked outside his home on Tanton Road, Flitch Green. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDThe thieves took the equipment from Liam's van which was parked outside his home on Tanton Road, Flitch Green. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Liam, who had just started going fishing regularly again, said: “I was gutted. I couldn’t believe it. You never think its going to happen to you. The equipment took years to build up. I’m not going to go fishing until I can either get it back or try and replace it. My friends have offered to lend me stuff but it’s not the same.”

The couple have watched CCTV which shows the thieves carrying the equipment to their own vehicle,

Jessica, a McDonald’s manager, said: “Watching the blokes struggling to carry the equipment is awful. You just feel violated. It makes you feel angry and upset.”

She had returned from a night shift when she noticed that the van door had been left ajar.

Speaking about her discovery, Jessica said: “You know when your heart stops? Because you know something has been taken.”

CCTV shows a thief carrying Liam's fishing equipment to their vehicle. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDCCTV shows a thief carrying Liam's fishing equipment to their vehicle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We were called to reports fishing equipment worth a four-figure sum had been taken from a van in Tanton Road, Dunmow.

If you have any information please call us on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/116671/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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