Thieves deny Kirkby dad chance to play in hero soldier son’s memorial golf tournament

Rifleman Adrian Sheldon was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

Rifleman Adrian Sheldon was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

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The father of a Kirkby soldier killed in Afghanistan was denied the chance to play in a golf tournament in memory of his son – because thieves stole his golf clubs.

Mark Sheldon was set to play in the Adrian Sheldon Memorial tournament at Brierley Golf Club.

However, But when Mr Sheldon went to the garage of his home on Beulah Road, Kirkby, to collect his Nike clubs, he found they had been taken.

PC Paul Bacon, investigating officer, said: “The fact the theft was only discovered on the very morning of the event being held in memory of their son has been very distressing for Mr and Mrs Sheldon.

“The tournament has become a hugely significant event for them each year since Adrian’s death, so the timing could not have been worse.

“I urge anyone who has any information at all about this burglary and knows of any golf clubs being sold or having been acquired in the area over the past couple of days to consider the emotional impact that this crime has had.”

The theft was discovered on the morning of Saturday, July 23, just hours before the tournament began. The clubs are believed to have been taken sometime during Friday night.

A grey and black ladies bicycle was also stolen from the garage.

PC Bacon said: “If you can help, please call 101 and quote incident number 234 of 23 July. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Rifleman Adrian Sheldon was killed on the evening of May 7, 2009, as a result of an explosion when travelling in a Jackal vehicle near Sangin in Helmand province.

Nicknamed “Shelly”, the 25-year-old Mansfield Town fan was serving with 2nd Battalion The Rifles.

At the time, his family said: “Adrian was our son, best mate, our hero; the light of our lives has gone out and never to be replaced.”

Lieutenant Colonel Rob Thomson, Commanding Officer 2 RIFLES Battle Group North, said: “Rifleman Sheldon was one of those ‘rocks’ in my Fire Support Groups.

“Deeply experienced on operations and in life, he was an outstanding role model to all of us who count it a privilege to have served alongside him.

“He was a master of his trade and, like his brother Riflemen, he was thriving in North Helmand; he was at the very forefront of his company’s operations to make a difference for the people of Afghanistan.”

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