Search

Burglars target poppy seller stealing photos of his naval career

PUBLISHED: 19:36 12 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:58 13 November 2017

Christopher Woollands, 80, who had his naval career photo album stolen in a recent burglary from his home in Reedham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Christopher Woollands, 80, who had his naval career photo album stolen in a recent burglary from his home in Reedham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2017

A poppy seller is defiant after photos illustrating his naval career were stolen from his home.

Christopher Woollands in 1961 in the Navy aboard HMS Rocket. Picture: Christopher WoollandsChristopher Woollands in 1961 in the Navy aboard HMS Rocket. Picture: Christopher Woollands

The pensioner’s house in Station Road, Reedham was broken into between 10am on Saturday, November 4 and 11am on Sunday, November 6.

Christopher Woollands, 80, said he could not understand what someone would want with his personal photos of himself and ships he served on.

He added: “They were all photos that meant something to me.

“I don’t feel violated by the break in, I just feel like whoever did it is a toe rag.

Christopher Woollands in 1962 in uniform for his wedding. Picture: Christopher WoollandsChristopher Woollands in 1962 in uniform for his wedding. Picture: Christopher Woollands

“I can never replace that album and I’d ask whoever has taken it to bring it back. What good is it to them?

“If they leave it on the doorstep anonymously or get it to the police quietly I would be very grateful.

“I worked my entire life, why can’t they too.”

The Chinese black lacquered photo album was purchased by Mr Woollands on a posting in the Far East and also acted as a music box when opened.

Mr Woollands, who is the treasurer to the Acle branch of the Royal British Legion, said around £330 was also stolen during the burglary.

He said he fears the burglars were looking for the money he had collected as a poppy seller, which fortunately was not kept in his house.

A £30 float belonging to the NOMAD theatre company which is based in the village for which Mr Woollands helps make props and scenery, was also taken by the thieves.

Det Con Gill Dawson at Great Yarmouth CID said to have such a sentimental item stolen is devastating for the victim, adding: “I’m keen to see the victim reunited with his historic records.”

Mr Woollands joined the Royal Navy aged 16 as a seaman and worked aboard many vessels, including anti-submarine torpedo ships and served for 12 years.

Among the pictures was one of Britain’s nuclear weapon test in 1957 on Christmas Island, or Kiritimati, in the Pacific Ocean.

Some of the ships he served on include HMS Perseus, HMS Saint, HMS Comus, HMS Cossack, HMS Undine, HMS Rocket, HMS Carysfort and HMS Indefatigable.

Anyone with information can call Det Con Dawson at Great Yarmouth CID on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Other News

50 minutes ago

More than one in ten people of working age in Great Yarmouth and Waveney are now on Universal Credit amid fears the wider roll out will have severe consequences.

Sky-high fares, an unreliable service, and cheaper alternative transport options are all being blamed for a significant drop in rail passengers in Great Yarmouth over the last five years.

A Second World War hero’s desperation to return to his ailing hotel business has been revealed after a letter was found in an attic, more than 73 years later.

A case of life imitating Photoshop will see the overhead power lines in a scenic Norfolk village removed to improve the view.

Most Read

Mon, 18:00

School trips usually involve taking children to see one of Shakespeare’s great plays or visiting a historic museum.

Read more

Plans for a former pub to be turned into a luxury tobacconist have been put under fire by a nearby health centre, with bosses arguing it would “give out entirely the wrong message”.

Read more
NHS
Mon, 11:42

Would you like to play a major part in restoring one of Great Yarmouth’s most historic tourist attractions to its former glory?

Read more
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Mon, 09:21

A joyrider was arrested after crashing into a traffic bollard - and was found to be more than three times the legal driving limit when police breathalysed him.

Read more
Great Yarmouth police
Yesterday, 14:29

The inquest into the death of a three-year-old girl who died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline on Gorleston beach has been adjourned because a police report into the incident is not ready.

Read more
Norwich

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy