Thieves target teenage fundraiser

Pictured is George Owen ( 17 ), who had one of his picnic benches stolen
Pictured is George Owen ( 17 ), who had one of his picnic benches stolen

A teenager has been left out of pocket after thieves stole a bench he made to help pay for his school trip to South Africa.

Entrepreneur George Owen, 17 from Barby, has been making and selling picnic benches so he can pay for the £3,000 rugby tour himself.

But last Friday two men pulled up outside his home in Daventry Road and helped themselves to one of his creations. The child-size bench was worth £70.

George, who is studying A levels at Bablake School in Coventry, said: “I am more disappointed than angry. It is the principle.”

His mother, Abi, said the theft had left her heartbroken.

“George works so hard and I’m very proud of him,” she said.

“To think two men could just pull up and steal one of his benches makes me feel very sad.

“They wrenched it from where it was secured, loaded it into their van then drove away.

“He’s been making benches since he was 15 in DT at GCSE. He makes and markets them and he was nearly there. This is just taking money out of his pocket.

“He came in absolutely fuming,” she said.

She added that among his customers were schools in the local area, parish councils and people living in the neighbourhood.

A reward will be given to anyone with information that leads to a safe return of the bench.

The van on CCTV was of similar size to a Citroen Berlingo or Peugeot Partner and was filmed at 9.30pm last Friday. If you have any information telephone 07935 100417.