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Anglers catch a BIG charity gift

PUBLISHED: 18:17 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 23 August 2010

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: Graham East, Dale Kedge, Jake Lorence and James White-Doyle.

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: Graham East, Dale Kedge, Jake Lorence and James White-Doyle.

THE owner of a fishing tackle shop has donated £400 worth of equipment to a youth charity after thieves broke into a minibus and stole their fishing equipment. Thieves targeted the bus, which belongs to the Adolescent Resource Centre, (ARC) when it was p

THE owner of a fishing tackle shop has donated £400 worth of equipment to a youth charity after thieves broke into a minibus and stole their fishing equipment.

Thieves targeted the bus, which belongs to the Adolescent Resource Centre, (ARC) when it was parked on Mackenzie Way, Gravesend between 12 and 9am on April 28.

Based in Manor Road, Gravesend, the centre works with socially disadvantaged young people and uses fishing as a way of engaging their interests.

Each week they visit Dolphin Angling Centre on Queen Street, Gravesend to pick up bait, and when owner Graham East heard what had happened he offered to replace the equipment.

Mr East, 56, said: "I was a member of the Hillview Youth club back in the 70s and in October last year we held a reunion and raised £1,000.

"The group decided that we wanted to give the money back to youth clubs in the town. There are not as many in Gravesend as there were back in the 70s and they need the support.

"When I heard the ARC had lost their fishing equipment I stepped in, and on behalf of all the past members of Hillview Youth Club, I supplied them with some equipment to make up for what they had lost."

Mr East donated eight rods, eight reels, 50 lead weights and four tripods to the group, which makes regular trips to fishing lakes across north Kent.

ARC worker James White-Doyle, 25, said: "We just want to say a huge thank you to Graham for what he has done, everyone at the centre is so grateful to him.

"When the young people found out about the break in they reacted with a mixture of anger and disappointment, but with Graham's help, we can now continue with the activity.

"Fishing has been such an important tool in the past for young people, and it really helps them focus and keep motivated."

In October last year, ARC were given £,1000 by phone company O2 to help towards their fishing project.

If anyone has any information on the theft, contact Kent Police on 01474 366180.

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