Pair drop loot in McDon­ald’s raid

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TWO hard work­ing house­keep­ers at Edge Hill Univer­sity in Orm­skirk re­cov­ered a valu­able piece of jew­ellery from in­side a Henry vacuum cleaner.

The en­gage­ment ring was lost while the owner was clap­ping dur­ing a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony.

House­keep­ers Brenda Wilkin­son and Mar­ion Scaris­brick were quick to rip open Henry’s dust bag af­ter hear­ing that the par­ent had lost her en­gage­ment ring.

Af­ter delv­ing through the dust and dirt they found the large, sparkling, flower shaped di­a­mond sur­rounded by smaller di­a­monds and re­turned it to the grate­ful owner.

Brenda, 60, who has worked at the univer­sity for eight years, said: “We heard that one of the grad­u­ate’s par­ents had been clap­ping dur­ing the cer­e­mony and had watched her di­a­mond set­ting come fly­ing out of her en­gage­ment ring.

“She watched it roll down the seat­ing rows in front but couldn’t find it af­ter the cer­e­mony. She was ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated as she’s been mar­ried for a long time, over 40 years.”

Mar­ion, also 60, who has worked there for eight years along­side Brenda as friend and col­league, added: “We were halfway through vac­u­um­ing the hall when we heard what had hap­pened.

“We ripped open the Hoover bag and through all the dirt and dust we could see it sparkling. It was beau­ti­ful and we spot­ted it straight away.

“Ap­par­ently the wo­man was thrilled to get it back and was over­come with emo­tion. I’m just so glad we could help.”

The friends, who clean build­ings around the cam­pus, in­clud­ing The Hol­lies ac­com­mo­da­tion halls, are no strangers to find­ing trea­sured pos­ses­sions.

Mar­ion ex­plained: “We tend to find wal­lets, mo­bile phones, cam­eras and keys across cam­pus and re­turn them to their own­ers but this is the first time we’ve had a mis­sion to find some­thing so valu­able and pre­cious.”

Ear­lier this month the pair re­ceived an “Above and Be­yond” stu­dent award af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by res­i­dents of The Hol­lies ac­com­mo­da­tion halls, who praised their happy, friendly and con­sci­en­tious na­ture.

Stu­dents of the univer­sity also praised the care and in­ter­est they took in their stud­ies and re­search and how they al­ways of­fered a shoul­der to cry on if needed. MERSEY­SIDE po­lice are ap­peal­ing for help to find bungling thieves who tripped and dropped cash boxes as they fled af­ter a rob­bery at McDon­ald’s.

The pair struck at the fast food res­tau­rant at Switch Is­land near Maghull at around 9.15am on Sun­day morn­ing.

Po­lice said that the men en­tered the res­tau­rant and jumped over the serv­ing counter be­fore en­ter­ing the of­fice at the back of the premises.

They threat­ened the man­ager and a cash de­liv­ery guard be­fore steal­ing the cash boxes.

But as they left the res­tau­rant one of the wouldbe thieves fell over, drop­ping the cash boxes.

He and his ac­com­plice then drove off in a black BMW, which was later found Bootle.

No-one was in­jured dur­ing the at­tempted rob­bery but staff and cus­tomers were re­ported to have been dis­tressed by the in­ci­dent.

The men were de­scribed as tall and had their faces and hands cov­ered. It is be­lieved they were car­ry­ing some sort of weapon or weapons. aban­doned in De­tec­tives made in­quiries at the scene, in­clud­ing ex­am­in­ing CCTV footage, car­ry­ing out foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tions and speak­ing to wit­nesses.

Any­one who was in the McDon­ald’s or nearby at the time who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent or cap­tured any cam­era footage of it is asked to call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

Brenda Wilkin­son and Mar­ion Scaris­brick with their trusty Henry vacuum cleaner

Po­lice at the scene of the failed rob­bery

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