‘These people have no compassion... all they want is cash’

ANGRY Optician Douglas Denny's car was broken into
ANGRY Optician Douglas Denny's car was broken into
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OPTICIAN Douglas Denny is appealing for the safe return of irreplaceable equipment that was stolen from his car.

Thieves smashed a window in his Peugeot 306 estate as it was parked in Melbourne Place, Portsmouth.

They fled with a brown Samsonite case containing items including test lenses and two Hamblin diagnostic sets which are vital to his work.

Former Portsmouth city councillor Mr Denny, who ran practices in Albert Road, Southsea, and High Street, Cosham, for 27 years and works as a locum, has used the kit since his student days 40 years ago and says it is irreplaceable.

The 62-year-old, from Sunny Way, Bosham, said: ‘It’s a terrible tragedy for me.

‘I know it sounds silly but I have had that kit for 40 years – I bought it when I was a student.

‘These people have no compassion. There is no emotion involved – they just want money.’

Now Mr Denny is offering a £100 reward for the safe return of his equipment which was stolen between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on March 18.

He has already put posters up in the Guildhall area of Portsmouth appealing for information.

He added: ‘They have no humanity in considering what they are doing.

‘To them what they steal are just goods to get a few pounds for if they can, but to me those instruments have been a part of my life for 40 years since I was a student aged 20, and they are a vital part of my job.

‘I have examined many thousands of people in that time and have found hundreds of eye and health problems including cancers and got them treated early, or stopped people going blind with glaucoma.

‘They are worthless to anyone other than a doctor or optometrist, but are irreplaceable to me.

‘If they just want money then that is what they can have to return them.’

Anyone with information is asked to call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 or 0845 0454545 or e-mail Mr Denny at douglas.denny@btopenworld.com..

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.