A COUPLE have been left devastated after the husband’s wedding ring was stolen from a changing room while he was playing cricket.

Glen Norfolk, 29, was playing for Southend & EMT Cricket Club at Southchurch Park on Sunday, when his wallet was taken at around 3pm.

His ring was inside the wallet for safe keeping, and the thieves also spent £74 on a credit card before he was able to cancel it.

Mr Norfolk and his wife Sophie are pleading for help to find the ring that they exchanged at their wedding in June 2018.

Sophie said: “Someone has gone into the changing room and removed his wallet from his cricket bag.

“But inside there was his wedding ring – you can’t replace that, it is a wedding ring that you give someone to symbolise forever, but now it has been stolen.

“We are both absolutely devastated, sad, angry, anxious, let down... every emotion possible that someone would feel if they had something taken that is so special to them.

“We can’t believe it; we have no words for this kind of action.”

A spokesman for the club said this was the first such incident in the club’s 12-year history.

They added: “This is a sad situation, as Glen is a long-standing member at the club, and we will do everything we can to support him.

“With our club being situated in a public park, everyone needs to appreciate the risks and be vigilant at all times.

“This has been reported to the police and we are happy to assist them where we can.

“We hope the police can catch the perpetrators and get Glen his ring back.”

A spokesman for Essex Police added: “We are investigating reports of a wallet and a wedding ring that were stolen.

“If you have any information, you can submit a report online at www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm. Please quote the crime reference number 42/121984/22.”