Sunday 25 September 2016

Police hunt after 'irreplaceable' quilts made out of dead man's shirts stolen from delivery van

Jemma Crew

Published 12/11/2015 | 12:07

Undated handout photo issued by Joe Bennison of a pair of
Undated handout photo issued by Joe Bennison of a pair of "irreplaceable" quilts made out of a dead man's beloved shirts to comfort his wife and son that have been stolen from a delivery van

A pair of "irreplaceable" quilts made out of a dead man's beloved shirts to comfort his wife and son have been stolen from a delivery van.

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Joe Bennison, 46, who was temporarily holding the quilts to add decorative stitching, sent them by myHermes delivery to Kent but they vanished en route.

The quilts were intended for the man's wife and son to remember him by, and Ms Bennison has desperately appealed for help in returning the unique items.

She said: "These two quilts were made by my friend Janet for her own dear friend that lost her husband. They are made from his favourite shirts and are therefore irreplaceable.

"I suspect they have probably been dumped somewhere because they are not high-value items. But they are completely irreplaceable in sentimental value."

The quilts were collected from Ms Bennison's home in Wokingham, Berkshire, in the late morning of Tuesday November 3, before disappearing off the courier's tracking system, she said.

She was later contacted by the intended recipient to say they had not arrived, and learned that the courier van had been broken into and the parcels stolen.

Ms Bennison, who is currently on holiday in Bali, said she felt dreadful and frustrated "as I can't do much from here".

She asked the public to keep their eyes peeled for any dumped parcels or quilts for sale or in charity shops.

"I just really want to get them back to their rightful owner so they can cherish them as a memory of their lost loved one," she added.

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