STOLEN boxing gear has been returned to the Pompey kitman.
Kev McCormack had his van broken into last week while it was parked at Fratton Park and the stolen items have been returned to him by police.
The 47-year-old was left angry after the theft as the boxing gear was to help him train for a charity event.
He said: ‘It was frustrating because the gear would have been no use to anyone else.
‘But it is brilliant now it’s been found.
‘The police told me that they saw someone in Landport putting a kitbag into a skip. When they looked at it, it was my stuff.
‘It is all still there and doesn’t look like it’s been touched which is great news.’
He added: ‘The whole community were really helpful and Absolute Running, in Gosport, replaced the equipment for free. This will now be used to help the other guys in the charity event train.
‘I want to thank the police and people in the area who helped me get it back.’
As reported Kev, a retired amateur boxer, is coming out of retirement to raise money for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.
The charity was set up by ex-Portsmouth player Dave Waterman whose son Oakley died from leukaemia.
Ten boxing matches will be held in March to raise money.
Kev said: ‘My training for the fight is back on track although having the equipment stolen would not have stopped me from fighting.
‘It is almost a sell-out now and it should make for a great night.’
Police say they discovered the items in Portsmouth.
No arrests have been made, although police said there is a suspect they are hoping to speak to.
If you can help, call PC Steve Hopes on 101.
The boxing night is at The Pyramids Centre on March 20. To make a donation to the charity visit justgiving.com/Kevin-McCormack2.