Watch donated to tricked OAP

NDET 21-5-13 RKH 4  Danny Bradley presents the new watch to Colin Greaves.
NDET 21-5-13 RKH 4 Danny Bradley presents the new watch to Colin Greaves.
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An elderly man has said his faith in people has been restored after a jewellers stepped in to replace the watch stolen from him in a robbery.

Colin Greaves, 81, was left devastated after a couple snatched a £2000, 18-carat gold Longines watch off his wrist in Chesterfield town centre last month.

But after hearing about his ordeal in the Derbyshire Times, Danny Bradley from family jewellers Stuart Bradley Ltd, offered to donate a replacement.

Colin, of Elm Street, Temple Normanton, said: “It is unbelieveable that someone would do this for me.

“I didn’t know there were such nice people about. I have never been given a gift like this.”

He added: “It was terrible what they did to me. I’m still not right but this shows me there are still good people out there.”

Colin, a retired miner, was resting on a bench on Elder Way at just after 1pm on April 30, when a man and a woman approached him. The woman kissed him on the cheek to distract him, while her male accomplice stole his watch.

Danny Bradley, who runs Stuart Bradley Ltd on Burlington Way, said: “It’s absolutely awful what happened. It is just the state of the world today.

“We just like to help out where we can. We are a local, family firm and we want to support the community.”

With help from workers at the Watch Box in the Market Place, jewellers at Stuart Bradley restored a Longines watch like the one stolen and presented it to Colin on Tuesday.

Colin added: “I would like to thank Stuart Bradley, Danny Bradley and the Derbyshire Times.”