Ten pairs of new Adidas football boots which were to be donated to underprivileged children have been stolen from the garage of a young GB athlete living in the Chesterfield area.
The boots had been delivered by mistake to the home of GB hurdler Alicia Barrett, 18, but instead of asking for them back, Adidas agreed for them to be donated to a good cause.
The boots were being stored in a garage at her home, waiting to be delivered to a school in an underprivileged area, but were stolen sometime between Sunday, February 26 and Monday, February 27.
Alicia’s mum Dyane said: “What is annoying is that the football boots were going to go to underprivileged children who have a genuine desire to do sport.
“They would have gone to children who are not as fortunate as most and whose parents can’t afford to support them as much as they would like.”
Adidas drop items of kit off for Alicia throughout the year but on this occasion the sports design company delivered the football boots in error.
Alicia told Adidas about the mistake and it was agreed the boots could be donated to the children after Dyane saw an appeal on Facebook.
However, before the boots could be presented to the kids, thieves took them from the boxes inside the garage.
A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “Nine out of the ten pairs came in boxes and they look like they are a lime green or bright yellow colour.” Call police on 101, quoting reference 17*89255.