Dartford gym theft leaves “People’s Tenor” furious

PUBLISHED: 16:29 02 June 2011

John Innes

John Innes


»Former soldier and opera singer John Innes –dubbed The People’s Tenor – has been left fuming after £200 was stolen from his padlocked locker while at the gym.

Mr Innes, who served with the Royal Scots Regiment during the 1990s, leading to his active support for the charity Help for Heroes, is outraged not only about the theft at David Lloyds gym, Dartford, but the lack of any warning about thieves, or an apology from staff, he claims.

‘No apology’

He alleges: “It is shocking they wouldn’t accept any responsibility and just pointed me towards the handbook, where it has a disclaimer about property. I didn’t even receive an apology,” said the 48-year-old, of Heathview Avenue, Crayford.

Police dealing with the incident confirmed a second locker was targeted by thieves later that morning, May 24, with an iPhone and watch stolen.

“They need to make people aware and warn them not to keep their valuables in the lockers if they can not provide adequate security,” said Mr Innes, who became famous for putting on free public singing performances and fundraising for the veteran’s charity.

“It doesn’t take much to put up signs to say thieves are operating in the area,” he added.


A David Lloyd Leisure spokesman said: “We take member security very seriously and have a number of security measures in place, which are regularly reviewed.

“We are extremely concerned that one of our members has been a victim of crime at our Dartford club, but would like to reassure all our members that this was in fact an isolated incident. We are helping Kent police with their investigation.”

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