Bed de­liv­ery man stole our bracelet, fam­ily claim

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PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions that a Ben­sons for Beds de­liv­ery man stole a fam­ily heir­loom from a cus­tomer af­ter ask­ing to use their toi­let.

Ian Nolan, from Lither­land, said while his wife was sign­ing off on the de­liv­ery of their new £2,500 bed, the younger of the two de­liv­ery men who had brought it into their house asked to use their up­stairs bath­room.

Mr Nolan, 51, said that af­ter the de­liv­ery men left an 18 carat bracelet which has been in his fam­ily for over 100 years, and which had been in his and his wife’s bed­room, had gone miss­ing.

The gold bracelet is a fam­ily heir­loom that Mr Nolan has had since it was passed to him by his grand­fa­ther In 1994.

Mr Nolan said: “It is a special piece of jew­ellery that was only worn on special oc­ca­sions. It’s up­set­ting be­cause it’s prob­a­bly gone now and it’s ir­re­place­able.”

Mrs Nolan said she gave per­mis­sion to the worker to use the toi­let based on trust and af­ter a ‘fran­tic search’ re­alised the bracelet was miss­ing 15 min­utes af­ter they left.

She said: “The only hope we had is that they were rum­bled as soon as they got back to the de­pot but that hasn’t hap­pened. The bracelet has prob­a­bly been sold, we’ll prob­a­bly never see it again, who knows where it is? I just this mat­ter fur­ther and have put the po­lice in touch with the em­ploy­ment agency so they can pur­sue their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We take al­le­ga­tions of this na­ture ex­tremely se­ri­ously and apol­o­gise for any distress that this in­ci­dent has caused to Mr and Mrs Nolan.”

Mersey­side Po­lice said: “A re­port was re­ceived at 2.25pm that an 18ct gold man’s bracelet had been taken from a house in Hythe Avenue.

“In­quiries into this mat­ter are on­go­ing and in­quiries are be­ing made with lo­cal jew­ellery shops and pawn­bro­kers.”

Com­mu­nity In­spec­tor Ian Jones said: “The bracelet stolen has a great deal of sen­ti­men­tal value, which has un­der­stand­ably caused distress to the own­ers.

“I want to ap­peal to lo­cal jew­ellery shops or pawn­bro­kers, or any mem­ber of the pub­lic, if they have been of­fered a sim­i­lar item for sale to get in touch and let us know so we can re­unite them with their right­ful owner.”

Mersey­side Po­lice added: “Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to contact our so­cial media desk via Twit­ter @Mer­PolCC or Face­book Mersey­side Po­lice CC.

‘‘You can also call 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent ref. 18200097473 or contact the in­de­pen­dent charity Crimestop­pers anony­mously, on 0800 555 111 or via their on­line form at: https://crimestop­per­suk.org/give-in­for­ma­tion/ give-in­for­ma­tion.”

Ian Nolan sport­ing the bracelet which he said went miss­ing af­ter a de­liv­ery man asked to use the toi­let feel that we’ve been to­tally fobbed off by ba­si­cally every­body.”

Mr Nolan added: “We both didn’t sleep that night, purely due to be­ing so up­set and an­gered by this sit­u­a­tion. I feel let down by every­one, to be told no prints would be taken, to be told that we’re not in­sured be­cause we in­vited the de­liv­ery man into our home and wait­ing to hear from Ben­sons is a dis­grace in my opin­ion.”

Iron­i­cally, Mr Nolan even re­ceived a mes­sage from Ben­sons four days af­ter the de­liv­ery ask­ing him to rate the ser­vice to win a prize.

He said: “It’s a joke, maybe I’ll win a gold bracelet.”

Ben­sons for Beds said the em­ployee in ques­tion was sub­con­tracted and has been sus­pended af­ter an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A com­pany spokesper­son said: “Since learn­ing about the in­ci­dent we have con­ducted an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and can con­firm that the in­di­vid­ual who ac­cessed the up­stairs of the cus­tomer’s prop­erty was a free­lance em­ployee hired through an em­ploy­ment agency.

“We have since sus­pended the in­di­vid­ual’s con­tract whilst we review

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