Street cleaner returns possessions after theft

Echo: Thurrock Chief Insp Ben Hodder and the street cleansing team Thurrock Chief Insp Ben Hodder and the street cleansing team

A TEENAGER has thanked a street cleaner who found his stolen belongings - and gave them back to him.

Alex Towli, 19, of Bishops Road, Corringham, had his wallet, iPhone, iPod, house and car keys and £80 cash stolen while he was out with a friend on the Saturday before Christmas .

He feared thieves would target his home as his drivers licence and wallet gave his address away.

However, the following day he received a shock when his possessions were returned to him - having been found by a member of Thurrock Council’s street cleansing team.

The find was a triumph for Thurrock Chief Insp Ben Hodder who recently joined forces with the borough’s street cleaners saying he wanted them to be the “eyes and ears” for the police following a spike in burglaries in Corringham and Stanford-le-Hope.

Alex said: “I am so grateful to the team for finding my stuff as I was really worried knowing someone else could get into my parents home.

“I left the items in a bag in Corringham on The Manorway so to hear they were found in Stanford-le-Hope was surprising.

“We had the locks changed on the house straight away, but it is good to know there are people out there who will return items and not take them.”

The bag was found by Chris Milson in Wharf Road.

He is one of 80 street cleaners in the borough and covers Stanford and Corringham - he was delighted to have helped.

Chris, 51, who lives in Romford, said: “We want to keep the streets clean and tidy and if we can do a good deed like this along the way then it’s a bonus.

“I would like to think if my stuff had gone missing someone would do the same for me.”

Thurrock Chief Insp Ben Hodder said Operation Insight, which focuses on the crackdown of burglaries, is proving a success and much of it is down to the help of local people.

He said: “Burglaries are down every month compared to last year and all the extra help we get from the street teams is great news for us and Thurrock.”

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8:42am Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose... Nowthatsworthknowing

10:11am Tue 31 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Good man Chris. Happy New Year
Good man Chris. Happy New Year Howard Cháse

10:40am Tue 31 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
now that's good advice..... (-4?)
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...[/p][/quote]now that's good advice..... (-4?) pembury53

10:41am Tue 31 Dec 13

sosad 1 says...

i think that most people who work at this sort of work are honest and hard working I found this story no surprise good luck chis and all sweepers and binmen happy new year to all
i think that most people who work at this sort of work are honest and hard working I found this story no surprise good luck chis and all sweepers and binmen happy new year to all sosad 1

12:16pm Tue 31 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

i don't get it...the owner says he left the bag in The Manorway......and it turns up elsewhere complete with the contents, so where has the theft and stolen terms used in the story come into it..?
confused dot com.
i don't get it...the owner says he left the bag in The Manorway......and it turns up elsewhere complete with the contents, so where has the theft and stolen terms used in the story come into it..? confused dot com. DogsMessInLeigh

1:34pm Tue 31 Dec 13

God of Shoplifting says...

Gotta love a bit of theft.
Gotta love a bit of theft. God of Shoplifting

4:31pm Tue 31 Dec 13

John Bull 40 says...

I hope he did a bit more than just say "thank you" at least a festive drink.
I hope he did a bit more than just say "thank you" at least a festive drink. John Bull 40

5:00pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Living the La Vida Legra says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
i don't get it...the owner says he left the bag in The Manorway......and it turns up elsewhere complete with the contents, so where has the theft and stolen terms used in the story come into it..? confused dot com.
Totally agree Too many questions to ask here sad the reporter wasn't interested in this story to find out what a chump this fella is!!!!!!!!!
But hats of to Mr Chris Milton
A HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO ALL
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: i don't get it...the owner says he left the bag in The Manorway......and it turns up elsewhere complete with the contents, so where has the theft and stolen terms used in the story come into it..? confused dot com.[/p][/quote]Totally agree Too many questions to ask here sad the reporter wasn't interested in this story to find out what a chump this fella is!!!!!!!!! But hats of to Mr Chris Milton A HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO ALL Living the La Vida Legra

5:28pm Tue 31 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

pembury53 wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
now that's good advice..... (-4?)
Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...[/p][/quote]now that's good advice..... (-4?)[/p][/quote]Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6).... iknowbetter

5:49pm Tue 31 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
I hope he did a bit more than just say "thank you" at least a festive drink.
what after what happened last time....nope, a Mince pie and a Terrys Chocolate Orange will suffice.
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: I hope he did a bit more than just say "thank you" at least a festive drink.[/p][/quote]what after what happened last time....nope, a Mince pie and a Terrys Chocolate Orange will suffice. DogsMessInLeigh

6:03pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

iknowbetter wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
now that's good advice..... (-4?)
Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....
You'd know a bell end wouldn't you, mean while back to the story....
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...[/p][/quote]now that's good advice..... (-4?)[/p][/quote]Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....[/p][/quote]You'd know a bell end wouldn't you, mean while back to the story.... Nowthatsworthknowing

7:29pm Tue 31 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
now that's good advice..... (-4?)
Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....
You'd know a bell end wouldn't you, mean while back to the story....
YES I WOULD!!! :) :)
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...[/p][/quote]now that's good advice..... (-4?)[/p][/quote]Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....[/p][/quote]You'd know a bell end wouldn't you, mean while back to the story....[/p][/quote]YES I WOULD!!! :) :) iknowbetter

7:55pm Tue 31 Dec 13

profondo asbo says...

iknowbetter wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
now that's good advice..... (-4?)
Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....
You'd know a bell end wouldn't you, mean while back to the story....
YES I WOULD!!! :) :)
have you 2 considered a civil partnership?
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...[/p][/quote]now that's good advice..... (-4?)[/p][/quote]Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....[/p][/quote]You'd know a bell end wouldn't you, mean while back to the story....[/p][/quote]YES I WOULD!!! :) :)[/p][/quote]have you 2 considered a civil partnership? profondo asbo

7:59pm Tue 31 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

profondo asbo wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
now that's good advice..... (-4?)
Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....
You'd know a bell end wouldn't you, mean while back to the story....
YES I WOULD!!! :) :)
have you 2 considered a civil partnership?
Now there's a thought! erm!! NO!! but your welcome to it though!!
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...[/p][/quote]now that's good advice..... (-4?)[/p][/quote]Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....[/p][/quote]You'd know a bell end wouldn't you, mean while back to the story....[/p][/quote]YES I WOULD!!! :) :)[/p][/quote]have you 2 considered a civil partnership?[/p][/quote]Now there's a thought! erm!! NO!! but your welcome to it though!! iknowbetter

8:43am Wed 1 Jan 14

Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme says...

iknowbetter wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
now that's good advice..... (-4?)
Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....
Do you ever write about the stories in hand ? because all I see you doing, is trolling other posters.
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...[/p][/quote]now that's good advice..... (-4?)[/p][/quote]Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....[/p][/quote]Do you ever write about the stories in hand ? because all I see you doing, is trolling other posters. Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme

9:04am Wed 1 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Yermotherwouldn'tlik
eme
wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
now that's good advice..... (-4?)
Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....
Do you ever write about the stories in hand ? because all I see you doing, is trolling other posters.
Im afraid to say that Iknowbetter knows very little about much, in fact very little PMSL
[quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...[/p][/quote]now that's good advice..... (-4?)[/p][/quote]Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....[/p][/quote]Do you ever write about the stories in hand ? because all I see you doing, is trolling other posters.[/p][/quote]Im afraid to say that Iknowbetter knows very little about much, in fact very little PMSL Nowthatsworthknowing

9:22am Wed 1 Jan 14

Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Yermotherwouldn'tlik

eme
wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
now that's good advice..... (-4?)
Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....
Do you ever write about the stories in hand ? because all I see you doing, is trolling other posters.
Im afraid to say that Iknowbetter knows very little about much, in fact very little PMSL
Im afraid I agree, seems to have a massive chip on both shoulders.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...[/p][/quote]now that's good advice..... (-4?)[/p][/quote]Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....[/p][/quote]Do you ever write about the stories in hand ? because all I see you doing, is trolling other posters.[/p][/quote]Im afraid to say that Iknowbetter knows very little about much, in fact very little PMSL[/p][/quote]Im afraid I agree, seems to have a massive chip on both shoulders. Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme

4:01pm Wed 1 Jan 14

d_2da_ougle says...

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4:24pm Wed 1 Jan 14

iknowbetter says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Yermotherwouldn'tlik

eme
wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...
now that's good advice..... (-4?)
Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....
Do you ever write about the stories in hand ? because all I see you doing, is trolling other posters.
Im afraid to say that Iknowbetter knows very little about much, in fact very little PMSL
Says the Village idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show, when out on the town, and you get drunk, only take the bare minimum , less taken less to lose...[/p][/quote]now that's good advice..... (-4?)[/p][/quote]Surely he deserves an extra few minuses just for being a complete BELLEND!!! I'll ad a few (-6)....[/p][/quote]Do you ever write about the stories in hand ? because all I see you doing, is trolling other posters.[/p][/quote]Im afraid to say that Iknowbetter knows very little about much, in fact very little PMSL[/p][/quote]Says the Village idiot. iknowbetter

6:48pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

“We had the locks changed on the house straight away, but it is good to know there are people out there who will return items and not take them.”

Most people are still intrinsically decent....
“We had the locks changed on the house straight away, but it is good to know there are people out there who will return items and not take them.” Most people are still intrinsically decent.... Kim Gandy

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