Fan heartbroken after £10,000 of Pompey memorabilia is stolen

Kev Ryan
Kev Ryan

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POMPEY memorabilia worth thousands of pounds has been stolen from a life-long fan.

Kev Ryan, secretary of Pompey Supporters’ Club central branch, was devastated after he found his garage had been broken into. The long-time Pompey fan discovered items were missing when he went to the garage in Copnor, on December 5.

Among the missing items were eight signed Pompey shirts, including the shirt of David James from the 2008 FA Cup Final, thousands of Pompey programmes and signed photographs.

Mr Ryan said: ‘If I had to estimate the amount stolen from me, it would reach at least £10,000.

‘I was robbed of all my Pompey memorabilia that I have been collecting over the years and have cost me a lot of money.

‘One of the shirts, which belonged to David James, cost me £250.

‘I had loads of Pompey photographs taken, many of which were signed, and all the programmes.

‘Signed shirts from Ricardo Rocha and Arjan De Zeeuw were also taken.’

Along with the Pompey items, Mr Ryan also had other things taken.

The 54-year-old added: ‘I had two printers taken, a photocopier, around 300 CDs, a box of DVDS and three boxes of clothes.

‘Also personal photographs were taken of my ex-girlfriend and I. Signed pictures of Paul Weller and The Jam were also missing.’

Mr Ryan has reported the stolen items to the police who are investigating the incident.

But he wants people to be on the lookout for any of the items.

He said: ‘I have posted the missing items on Pompey-related websites in case anyone hears of people selling the items.’

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘The police were contacted on December 5 and when they visited the garage, they found the lock was broken.

‘A number of Portsmouth Football Club items were taken including eight signed shirts, three of which were valued at £75 per shirt plus money for the frame.

‘Around 50 pictures and a photocopier worth around £500 were taken.

‘There aren’t any active lines of enquiries but anyone with information on the incident should contact police.

‘They should contact PC James Dickety at Cosham Police Station on 101.’