A rare kayak used by the Great British Play Kayak Team has been stolen from a garden in Newbold-on-Avon.
Helen and Mark Ledingham, of Main Street, discovered the much-loved kayak had been taken after seeing its paddle floating on the opposite side of the river.
The couple’s garden backs on to the River Avon.
Mrs Ledingham, 55, said: “Mark went down to let the chickens out in the morning and saw our paddle floating near the bank on the other side of the river.”
The red and white Perception Whip-It was one of only ten kayaks of its kind made for the British Play Kayak Team.
“My son Ben bought it from his teacher when he was in sixth form,” she said.
“It cost him £250 and he paid out of the money he’d worked hard for. His teacher used to kayak for Great Britain in it, so it meant a lot to him. He’s now 33 and his son Austin has enjoyed playing in it too,” she added.
The kayak was stolen sometime after 10pm on Wednesday June 18.
Mrs Ledingham said: “It’s annoying that someone has come on to our land and taken things that we have worked for. If you want something you should go out and work hard so you can afford to buy it like everyone else, stealing is just not acceptable.”
Anyone with information about the kayak can call police on 101.