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    Lewis26 wrote:
    2 mobile phones, 1 wallet, 1 purse in a handbag house and car keys plus other stuff in her handbag and 5 lots of clothes can easily come to 1500 worth of stuff, they left their stuff in the locker like any other person does thinking it will be safe as they are locked and have CCTV there, the leisure centre need to sort out more security as this isn't the first time it's happened
    oooh common sense at last, among all the cynics.

    Maybe they had to call out the locksmith too, that would have whacked the overall cost right up.

    Most people take mobile phones and keys with them when they go to a public place. I bet most of the critics above go out with ipads or smartphones, jewellery and such.

    This family are entitled to have their possessions kept safe while they indulge in a sporting activity.

    God, you can't win on here. Take your family out to do something healthy and leave your stuff in your locker and you're wrong.

    Sit at home and let the kids play on X box and you're wrong.

    With some people, you just cannot win."
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Pool thief steals family’s clothes: Centre had to lend swimmers clothes to get home after locker was broken into

Borrowed clothes – Dee Harrison and five-year-old daughter, Gabriella in the Legacy Leisure shirts they had to wear home from the pool

Borrowed clothes – Dee Harrison and five-year-old daughter, Gabriella in the Legacy Leisure shirts they had to wear home from the pool

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A FAMILY had to borrow clothes to go home in after their possessions were stolen from a locker at a swimming pool.

A thief stole Dee Harrison’s handbag and clothes, and those of husband, Nick, and children Josh, Billy and Gabriella, as they swam at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre.

The locker door was one of at least two police say were forced open on the same day.

Mrs Harrison, 35, of Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend, said the centre had given her a staff tracksuit and supplied her children with T-shirts because they had no clothes to wear home.

She said: “We had everything in that locker – car keys, house keys, phones, cash and cards.

“Altogether there was about £1,500 of stuff. I even had a payslip from work in my bag.

“It’s scary how much personal stuff you carry around with you.”

After going to the centre’s reception desk in his trunks to complain, Mr Harrison was driven home by an employee to collect spare keys after using a house key kept by a neighbour to get in.

Mrs Harrison said pool operation Legacy Leisure had a responsibility to review security at the centre, because she felt it had been too easy for thieves to help themselves to customers’ property.

However, Legacy general manager David Taylor said: “We take security extremely seriously. We informed the police as soon as we became aware of the incident.

“We continue to work closely with them and we will be providing CCTV footage as part of the investigation.

“While the leisure centre is accessible to all members of the public, our team regularly checks the changing areas and we regard the recent theft as an isolated incident.

“However, we will now be stepping up staffing levels, particularly at busy periods, and would encourage customers to be vigilant at all times.”

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