Pompey kitman has boxing gear stolen from van

Pompey kitman Kev McCormack. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey kitman Kev McCormack. Picture: Joe Pepler

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BOXING gear was stolen from Pompey kitman Kev McCormack.

The theft took place last week while Kev’s van was parked inside Fratton Park, at the Milton End.

A bag full of boxing clothes and accessories were taken which Kev had been using to train for a charity boxing event.

The one-off event was to raise money for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation – a charity founded in memory of Oakley who died from leukaemia.

Kev, 47, said: ‘I had just nipped to Fratton Park so parked the van inside the ground at the Milton End.

‘I wasn’t meant to be in the ground for that long so didn’t shut the gate properly. But I ended up chatting to someone and stayed there longer than I thought.

‘When I got back to the van, I realised my boot bag was taken.

‘It was definitely an opportunist crime.’

The Pompey kits, which were in big Nike bags, were left untouched.

But Kev’s bag with five pairs of gloves, skipping rope, pads and other boxing gear was taken.

He added: ‘The boxing stuff itself isn’t of much value and will probably be chucked away by the thief.

‘But it was important for the boxing event I’m doing in a couple of months.’

Former amateur boxer Kev was asked to come out of retirement for one last charity fight.

He is close friends with ex-Pompey player Dave Waterman – who set up the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.

The charity sends children with life-threatening illnesses and their families on trips.

Kev said: ‘I am still going to the fight because the charity is such a good cause and I am close friends with Dave.

‘I had been using the gear to train with for the past six to eight weeks.

‘Obviously I will have to buy the stuff again. It is just really frustrating.’

Mr Waterman said it was ‘heartbreaking’ someone could do such a thing, and Absolute Running sport shop in Stoke Road, Gosport, is interested in replacing the equipment.

‘For these charity boxing events, people put in a lot of their time and effort to make sure they are fit,’ he said.

‘So for someone to then steal their kit is heartbreaking.

‘There were bits in that bag that were quite sentimental as well – equipment which Kev had used for 30 years.

‘I would urge those who have done this to do a good turn and hand it back.’

Police are investigating and anyone with information should call 101 quoting crime reference number 44150014940.