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Smash-and-grab raiders steal £5,000 of fishing gear from pensioner's car in Grigg Lane, Brockenhurst

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A BROCKENHURST pensioner’s lifelong hobby could be “out of the window” after thieves smashed into his car and stole £5,000 of fishing gear.

Avid fisherman Philip Pegden (71) was upset to discover his Mercedes C200 had been broken into in Grigg Lane around 1.30am on Sunday morning.

Two offenders clad in hoodies smashed the rear window before reversing their vehicle up to his and unloading the equipment, including a fishing trolley, a seat box, pole and nets.

Thieves raiders stole £5,000 of fishing equipment from Philip Pegden's Mercedes C200
Thieves raiders stole £5,000 of fishing equipment from Philip Pegden's Mercedes C200

“I’m upset because I’m 71 and I’ve got to replace it,” Mr Pegden told the A&T.

“My hobby’s out of the window if I can’t go fishing any more.”

Having fished regularly since he was four, he only took time out during his 1967-86 stint in the Royal Navy.

Involved with two fishing clubs, the retired double glazing salesman takes part in contests across the south coast.

On Sunday, he was due to have competed at Todber Manor Fisheries in Sturminster Newton and had loaded up his car the night before.

“[The thieves] should think of what they’re doing,” Mr Pegden continued.

“It’s not just about them and making a few quid. It affects me and my family, with the damage also caused to my car.

“Would they like it to happen to them or their parents?”

Mr Pegden added he was “disgusted” the police simply provided a crime reference number and did not attend the scene.

Hampshire officers are investigating the raid on Mr Pegden’s car, as well as a New Forest District Council Fiat Ducato van in the same street.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting 44220202425, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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