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Southern View: August 28, 2018

Southern View: August 28,

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2018 Locally Owned www.star.kiwi RICCARTON CLINIC Book Online via our new website www.riccartonclinic.co.nz Sport and music Halswell’s PJ has the best of both worlds Boys get baking bug Something smells good from their kitchen 4 Yaldhurst Road, near Countdown at Church Corner OPEN 7 DAYS PHONE: 343 3661 Page 9 Page 13 Urns back where they belong Police return stolen items to widower COPPER COP: Retired nurse Jill Walker and Detective Karen Simmons were all smiles as the urns were handed back. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER • By Anan Zaki A WOOLSTON widow has been reunited with her much-loved copper urns. Police returned the urns to retired nurse Jill Walker on Thursday after they were recovered from a house in St Martins. The urns were stolen from Mrs Walker’s home in June. A 29-year-old-man and a 44-yearold woman have been charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. Mrs Walker made a plea in Southern View last month for the return of the “precious” urns which belonged to her late husband of 43 years Barry Walker. She was delighted the items had been found and returned to her. “It’s just wonderful news,” Mrs Walker said. The copper urns were one of the few memories left of her husband who passed away nine years ago. She thanked everyone who sent in messages of support after her appeal for help. “I’m sure the newspaper article helped. When a lot of people know about it, it makes it hard to get rid of it doesn’t it?” Mrs Walker was grateful for the work of the Phillipstown Neighbourhood Policing Team. She admitted “fearing the worst” when the urns were stolen, believing they may have been melted down for their copper. Mrs Walker now plans to plant two camellias called ‘donation’ in the urns because her husband was an organ donor. “Once they are full of dirt they will be much harder [to steal].” She will now make sure her courtyard gates are always locked and plans to install security cameras. The urns were part of a $100,000 antique haul seized in a police sting on Aynsley Tce, St Martins, two weeks ago. Mrs Walker said she was surprised they were found so close to Woolston. The two alleged offenders entered no plea in the district court last week and will appear again on September 11. Other items recovered include outdoor ornamental pots, statues, street lamps, iron gates and other antiques, police said. Detective Karen Simmons said the alleged burglars targeted antiques, and the items were taken from around Beckenham, Opawa, Somerfield and Woolston. Said Detective Simmons: “To be able to return the urns to the victim and her family is absolutely wonderful.” “We do still have a number of items that we haven’t identified an owner for, and we’d obviously like to get these back where they belong.” •Anyone with information about the stolen items can phone police on 363 7400. FILL UP FOR LESS WITH YOUR GOLD CARD. 15 *Terms and Conditions apply. 111-115 Milton Street Phone 332-6056 as local as you are | www.challenge.net.nz BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. Rejuvenate your lacquered CEDAR BLINDS High-tech Cleaning We clean and repair all types of blinds – Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands, Romans and Pleated – with environmentally friendly cleaning products. Temperature Controlled Drying Re-oiling & Rejuvenating Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and Roman Same Day Pick Up & Drop Off We offer a same-day, pick up and drop off service for most types of blinds. Bookings are required. Convenient Location We are located at 330 Cashel Street (near the Fitzgerald end), parking available onsite Roller Blinds cleaned from as little as $22 per blind Ph 377 0770, 330 Cashel St, Christchurch www.blindcare.co.nz SCAN QR code for Info > WE ARE OPEN Mon - Fri 8.00am to 5.00pm