Search

‘Rotten devils’ took my walking stick at Collier Row shop – Leslie, 89

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 January 2014 | UPDATED: 08:05 17 January 2014

Leslie William Bone, 89, with his replacement walking stick.

Leslie William Bone, 89, with his replacement walking stick.

Archant

An 89-year-old man was over the moon when the walking stick he has had for 25 years was returned to him after being stolen.

Leslie Bone’s stick was taken by a woman in her 20s, leaving him holding his shopping at Tesco Metro, Collier Row Lane, on New Year’s Eve.

But on Sunday, it appeared at the headquarters of the Collier Row Old Age Pensioners’ Club – of which Leslie is chairman – in North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane.

Leslie, of Avelon Road, Collier Row, said: “I think one of the members might have seen it and got it back.

“I haven’t had a chance to ask yet, I’m just glad to have my stick.”

He had been using a replacement since the incident, but was desperate for the return of the original because of its sentimental value.

He said: “It’s a wooden stick I got on my holiday and I stuck all my badges on it.”

It was taken when a woman approached him and offered him a pound for a trolley which still contained his money – and his walking stick.

She then disappeared into the store with three men.

Leslie said: “They didn’t seem to have a need for the stick. I thought when they realised they would hand it into the store, but they didn’t. They are rotten devils.”

He described the woman as between 25 and 30.

“She said ‘I’ll take that trolley’ and walked off,” he explained. “I didn’t shout. I was dumbstruck.

“I had my shopping so I couldn’t run after them as I was on my own.”

Latest Romford News Stories

13:00

Kelvedon Hall’s history stretches all the way back to the Domesday Book and a new festival within its grounds hopes to become just as significant for years to come.

10:00

For our final week of Local History Month coverage, we asked three local historians to share some thoughts on what they love about the occupation, how they look into their subject matters and what inspired them initially to delve into the past

Yesterday, 12:00

Think you know Havering? Take our quiz to find out whether you can recognise its parks.

Yesterday, 10:00

An Oxford University hopeful will be living in America this summer after being selected to be a UK ambassador for the Hummer Tuttle Foundation and Windsor Fellowship’s UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Welcoming a baby into the world is a profound, life-changing event, where much can be overwhelming.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The deputy manager of Romford club Fiction has won an award for his contribution to the venue’s success.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

In 1909 Billy Manning reminisced about the omnibus. Prof Ged Martin tells his story

Friday, May 26, 2017

Recorder reporters Ralph Blackburn and Beth Wyatt joined Time 107.5 FM’s Steve Allen for this week’s East London News Review.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now