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Delighted to see tools fit the bill
12:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A HEDGELAYER who had £400 worth of sentimental tools stolen has been donated similar items thanks to kind-hearted Journal readers.
Robin Dale, who has a farm on Bourton-on-the-Hill, had two steel Yorkshire-type Elwell bill hooks – used for cutting hedges – taken from an outbuilding on August 25.
As previously reported in The Journal, Mr Dale had owned the tools all his life and they were very special to him.
But after reading about his plight Nigel Hough, from Long Marston, and a Mrs Gibbons, from Shipston, came forward and offered Mr Dale similar items to replace what he had lost.
“I’m chuffed to bits, it’s just unbelievable,” he said. “The tools I lost are totally irreplaceable.
I think I had that one bill hook for 49 years. It was a fantastic tool.
“They said they had got their father’s or grandfather’s hedging tools and were they of use to me. I just can’t believe it. They are not the same tools but what Mr Hough has got was very good quality.
“He gave me an axe and a bill hook. The coincidence is, his uncle lived at Bourton-on-the- Hill where I live.”
Mr Dale, a professional hedgelayer, said he was touched by the good Samaritans’ generosity.
“I’m just really quite touched by it – that other people are prepared in this day and age to put their hand on the phone and ring up,” he said. “To both of the people I have spoken to, the tools have meant a lot to them.
It was part of their family.”
Police spokesman Simon Masters said: “If anyone has any information about the theft, they should call police on 101 quoting reference number 367 of August 27.”
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