Guy Watts, the owner of an Olympic torch from London 2012, is appealing for its return after it was stolen earlier in January. Mr. Watts stated that he had hoped to pass the torch on to his eight-month-old daughter to inspire her as she grew up.
Watts was chosen to run a section of the Olympic torch relat ahead of the 2012 games in acknowledgement of his charity work. He managed to raise over £15,000 for a male cancer charity (Orchid) with an unassisted row across the Indian Ocean with friend Andrew Delaner in 2009. The expedition took over 102 days to complete and the pair were the fastest ever to do it. Watts has also founded the charity Streetscape to assist the long-term unemployed in gaining the skills and experience necessary for working life.
On Tuesday (23 January) Watts discovered a burglary had occurred in his home in Nuthurst, near Horsham, and a number of items, including the prized Olympic torch, had been taken. Also stolen was a Playstation console, a Nintendo system and a bottle of whisky.
Mr Watts says the torch has special sentimental value. He stated:
“I probably have about three or four items that mean a lot to me and that is one of them.
“There is no monetary or physical value in it for anyone else but, for me, it is something I cannot replace. For the first 24 hours after the break-in, I found it hard to talk about it before I decided to try to get it back.
“For the first 24 hours after the break in, I found it hard to talk about it before I decided to try to get it back. I just hope that someone will see this and do the right thing and return
Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter said: “We would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this burglary which happened in Nuthurst Street, Nuthurst, near Horsham, sometime between midnight on 21 January and midnight on 23 January.
“The Olympic torch is obviously very distinctive and if anyone sees it for sale or has been offered it please let us know.”
The torches have sold online for up to £100,000; one torch selling for the Invictus Trust charity fetched £150,400 after 226 bids.
Anyone with anyone information leading to the recovery of the Olympic torch should contact police online or ring 101 quoting serial 875 of 24/01.
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