Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Club's Joy as Railings Returned

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Club's Joy as Railings Returned

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Byline: Sarah Ivison

Thieves used power tools to remove railings worth nearly pounds 5,000 from a Teesside social club - but street wardens saved the day.

Acklam Garden City Social Club on Burlam Road, Middlesbrough, had only had the new railings for four weeks when they were stolen on Sunday night.

But the following day eagle-eyed street wardens patrolling Whinney Banks found the railings hidden in an overgrown garden.

And they were returned to their rightful owners yesterday morning .

Social club secretary Walter Cook, 50, said: "I noticed they were missing when I was opening up the club at 10am on Monday and I rang the police.

"One of the club members told me they had seen the wardens put them in their van after finding them in a garden of an empty house over in Whinney Banks so I contacted them to tell them they were probably ours.

"We have had railings here for 20 years but we decided that with the council spending quite a lot of money in the area our club needed a facelift and the new ones cost pounds 4,600. …

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