Signed England shirt stolen from St Albans shop

A SIGNED England football shirt set to raise hundreds of pounds at auction has been stolen from a St Albans shop.

Signed by former England player David Beckham, the white strip was taken from a frame on the wall of Vintage Emporium on Hatfield Road sometime between 9am on Friday June 11 and 4pm on Sunday June 13.

Proceeds from the sale of the shirt would have gone to local children’s hospice Keech Cottage for terminally ill children and teenagers, and investigating officer PC Neil Jeffery, who is appealing for witnesses to the theft, described the incident as a callous act.

St Albans district councillor Gordon Myland, a regular Keech Cottage fundraiser who had been helping staff at the shop sell the shirt to the highest bidder, said that he was disgusted by what has happened.

“Whoever did this is the lowest of the low,” he said. “The highest bid was �600, which is what would have gone to the hospice. I would like to echo PC Jeffery’s appeal for the guilty party or anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone who has information about the theft should contact PC Jeffery via the non-emergency number 0845 33 00 222. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.