Women’s rugby team targeted in Portsmouth touchline theft

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WEDDING jewellery worth thousands was stolen during a rugby game.

Visiting team Guernsey Ladies had a bootbag full of their valuables stolen during their game against Portsmouth Valkyries.

On Sunday 7th December 2014 between 1130 hours and 1400 hours, Guernsey Ladies rugby team were playing Portsmouth Ladies at Portsmouth Rugby Club in Norway Road. At some point during the game, a dark coloured boot bag was stolen from the touch line containing valuables of five of the team. These included an engagement ring worth �2300, two wedding rings, an iPad Air, two iPhone 5s, and several hundred pounds in cash.'The sentimental value of the items far exceeds their monetary value, and the ladies are distraught at having their jewellery stolen.

On Sunday 7th December 2014 between 1130 hours and 1400 hours, Guernsey Ladies rugby team were playing Portsmouth Ladies at Portsmouth Rugby Club in Norway Road. At some point during the game, a dark coloured boot bag was stolen from the touch line containing valuables of five of the team. These included an engagement ring worth �2300, two wedding rings, an iPad Air, two iPhone 5s, and several hundred pounds in cash.'The sentimental value of the items far exceeds their monetary value, and the ladies are distraught at having their jewellery stolen.

Two wedding rings and an engagement ring worth £2,300 were taken sometime during the game on December 7 at Norway Road, in Hilsea.

An iPad Air, two iPhone 5s, and several hundred pounds in cash were also taken between 11.30am and 2pm.

Guernsey coach Chris Griffiths said the players were really upset about the theft.

‘The players are distraught,’ he said. ‘The rings obviously have sentimental value and distressed that the bag was taken.’

He added that the bag was left on the touchline after confusion over the locker rooms.

Mr Griffiths said: ‘Normally we leave bags in locker rooms but this is the first time I have been to Portsmouth with the team and there was confusion with the locker rooms.

‘We weren’t sure if they would be locked so put the valuables into two bags and placed them on the touchline near the substitutes.

‘At the end of the game, we realised the smaller of the two had gone.

‘It had valuables belonging to five of the players.’

Pauline French is one of the co-captains of the Portsmouth Valkyries.

She said: ‘It’s frustrating. We have a bit of responsibility ourselves because it happened at our ground.

‘We are a very local, very family-orientated rugby club. It’s not a good thing to have happened.

‘I was shocked. I have been playing there since we started in 1998 and this has never happened to us, home or away.’

Now, Pauline is hoping it people may come forward with some information.

Crimestoppers in Hampshire and Guernsey have offered a joint £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the theft of jewellery.

Mark Dixon, the chairman of Hampshire Crimestoppers said: ‘This is a very upsetting crime for the ladies visiting Portsmouth and I urge anyone with information to come forward.’