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Stolen silver found dumped in river
AN EAGLE eyed plumber who uncovered a haul of stolen silverware in a river near Dorchester has been praised for his actions.
Mick Trent was working at a property near West Stafford and went out for a walk as the electricians were busy in the bathroom he was working on and there was nothing he could do.
He headed out towards Lower Bockhampton and when crossing over a bridge noticed something gleaming in the water that caught his attention.
Mr Trent, 49, said: “I spotted something really shiny in the water and when I had a closer look I could see it was a silver teapot.
“So I clambered into the water and waded out to it and there was a bin bag next to it so I picked up the tea pot and the bin bag, which was also full of silver.”
Mr Trent, who lives in Dorchester, said he had no thought other than to report the find to police and he was surprised when they contacted him later to say that the find had been identified as having been stolen from an elderly woman nearby and the property had now been returned to its rightful owner.
He said: “The police said it was an 82-year-old lady so it’s likely to have sentimental value if it’s stuff that she’s had for years I suppose.”
Mr Trent said that it appeared somebody had parked by the bridge and thrown the silver into the water.
Deputy Inspector Steve Foot, of Dorchester Police, confirmed that the silverware had been stolen from an isolated property near Cheselbourne a week before it was found by Mr Trent and that the victim had been an elderly woman.
He praised Mr Trent for handing the items into the police and urged anyone who finds anything suspicious to do the same. Deputy Inspector Foot said: “All the property has now been returned to the owner.”
No arrests have been made and police are asking anyone with information about the original burglary to contact them on 101.
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