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Kind Police Help Barnsley Burglary Victim

Monday April 14 2014

Andy Brooke and Chris Dutton Andy Brooke and Chris Dutton

A BARNSLEY burglary victim who was left terrified after two masked raiders struck at his home just months after his wife's death was given a special surprise last week.

Chris Dutton, 63, had several items stolen during the incident on January 25. His wedding ring and a prized Manchester United watch - which was a present from his late wife - were stolen in the raid.

Despite extensive enquiries, police have been unable to trace the highly sentimental property.

But PC Louise Little, an officer in the case, brought a smile to Mr Dutton's face by sourcing the last of the limited edition watches, produced by Surrey-based Danbury Mint in 2011 to mark the club’s then record 19th league title. 

The firm kindly donated the timepiece and it was presented to Mr Dutton by Barnsley's police chief Andy Brooke.

“I was really upset about the watch being taken because it was a part of me and my wife," Mr Dutton said. "I felt very excited about getting the new watch and think PC Little and South Yorkshire Police have done a lovely job."

The investigation is ongoing and any witnesses or anyone with information about the incident or property should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 104 of January 25, 2014, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Reply Posted by tracy on Monday April 14 2014 at 15:11
Scumbags. People are horrible. Still a nice thing for the police to do but its still not the one given to him by his wife. the burgulars should be ashamed of themselves n hope it doesnt happen to someone they care about.

Reply Posted by Matt on Monday April 14 2014 at 15:55
Well done South Yorkshire police Barnsley, feeling proud to live in Barnsley Hope Mr Dutton is recovering

Reply Posted by sally on Monday April 14 2014 at 22:46
What a wonderful thing to do. Makes me feel proud of our Police. The scumm that nicked it want putting away. Speedy recovery love.

Reply Posted by great on Tuesday April 15 2014 at 10:25
what a wonderful thing to do, police get a bad name but I for one don't think they get the recognition they deserve. If any of us are in trouble they are the first people we call on ... they don't always get it right but one this occasion I think they deserve a thumbs up. Poor Mr Dutton, and for the scum bags that did this to this poor man I hope they rot in hell, KARMA will come back and bite them..

Reply Posted by derek on Friday April 18 2014 at 18:27
what a fantastic thing 4 the police to do. hope they do catch the culprits. hope the gentleman can get some relief.

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