Thieves stole bench made by Barby teenager

Pictured is George Owen ( 17 ), who had one of his picnic benches stolen
Pictured is George Owen ( 17 ), who had one of his picnic benches stolen
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A teenager has been left out of pocket after thieves stole a bench he made to pay for his school trip to South Africa.

Entrepreneur George Owen, 17, has been making and selling picnic benches so he can pay the £3,000 rugby tour himself.

Pictured is George Owen ( 17 ), who had one of his picnic benches stolen

Pictured is George Owen ( 17 ), who had one of his picnic benches stolen

But last Friday two men pulled up outside his home in Daventry Road and helped themselves to one of his creations.

The child-size bench was worth £70.

George, who is studying A-levels at Bablake School in Coventry, said: “I am more disappointed than angry.

“It’s the principle.”

His mother Abi said the theft had left her ‘heartbroken’.

“George works so hard and I’m very proud of him,” she said.

“To think two men could just pull up and steal one of his benches makes me feel very sad.

“They wrenched it from where it was secured, loaded it into their van then drove away.”

She said his customers include schools, parish councils and people living in the neighbourhood.

A reward will be given to anyone with information that leads to a safe return of the bench.

The van on CCTV was similar size to a Citreon Berlingo or Peugeot Partner.

It was caught on camera at 9.30pm last Friday.

A reward will be given to anyone with information that leads to a safe return of the bench.

Anyone who can help should call Northamptonshire Police on 101.