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Callous thieves raid changing rooms at event in memory of Afghan hero


Tom Sephton

CALLOUS thieves raided changing rooms during an annual event at Crosfields Rugby League club in memory of Warrington Afghan hero Tom Sephton, who tragically lost his life during active service five years ago.
A great day was tinged with sadness, when wallets, phones and items of sentimental value were stolen from changing rooms.
Organisers are particularly keen to get back a watch with sentimental value to a young player.
Police are investigating the thefts and so far reward money totalling £500 has been pledged for the return of the missing items.
The Tom Sephton Memorial Trophy is a free day of fun for the whole family involving three games of Armed Forces Rugby League held on Armed Forces Day at Crosfields Rugby League Club in Warrington.
The event is held in memory of Private Tom Sephton, a Soldier from Warrington who served in the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (1 MERCIAN). In 2010 Tom deployed on operations to Afghanistan and was seriously wounded on patrol and succumbed to his injuries the following day.
For many years Tom played Rugby League for Crosfields Rugby League Club, and it was Tom’s ex-team mates who came up with the original idea for a charity fund raising Rugby League match to be held in memory of their friend.
With the help of Tom’s family, his friends, his comrades in 1 MERCIAN and the Army Rugby League the match became a reality. Over the past 5 years the Tom Sephton Memorial Trophy has grown into without doubt the BIGGEST amateur Rugby League event in Britain with thousands of people attending and showing their support and respect. In doing so the event has raised thousands of pounds for Armed Forces and local charities.
Anyone with information about the thefts should contact organisers via email at or contact police via Crimestoppers or Crosfields Rugby Club.


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  1. Whoever did this is the lowest of the low and scum of the earth. Absolutely disgusted and shocked !!
    Do they not realise what the event was about ?!!! I hope they have woken up this morning with a conscience and regret what they did and if so maybe they could post the items they stole to Warrington Worldwide offices or the Rugby Club so they can be given back to their owners !!
    If nothing else I hope and pray that the young man gets his watch back which I believe, from what has been said on their facebook page, was his late grandads. He also had his white Samsung Galaxy note 3 taken which has a cracked screen. COME ON IDIOT(S) MAN UP AND GIVE THEM BACK !!

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