Brid Mayor’s stolen gold chains replaced with silver

Bridlington Mayor Coun Michael Charlesworth with the gold chains that were stolen in a burglary while he was in hospital.
Bridlington Mayor Coun Michael Charlesworth with the gold chains that were stolen in a burglary while he was in hospital.

BRIDLINGTON’S Mayoral chains, which were stolen last month, are set to be replaced with a better-value silver version.

The civic chains were taken from Mayor Coun Michael Charlesworth’s home on First Avenue while he was recovering in hospital from a minor stroke.

After looking into the cost of buying new chains, Bridlington Town Council has decided to replace the old gold chains with silver, after discovering it was 10 times cheaper.

Coun Charlesworth said: “The council has resolved to replace the chains with silver.

“We looked into gold but were quoted £41,130.22. However, silver chains will only cost £4,326.08.

“I think the original chains cost around £15,000 but the price of gold has rocketed since then and this seems the most sensible option to the council.

“Having gold chains would have been a big cost, especially when they are worn out on the streets and stored in a home.”

Police are still investigating the break-in at Coun Charlesworth’s home. Also stolen were a wedding and engagement ring belonging to his late wife Jean, a laptop, containing a book he was writing about her life, and a safe containing the gold civic chains along with a Salvation Army charity box.

The thieves even removed the lid on Mrs Charlesworth’s ashes as they ransacked the entire house searching for anything of value.

Coun Charlesworth continued: “The insurance payout should leave around £25,000 which will go into council coffers for future projects.”

The stolen mayoral chains were worn by the town’s 15 previous mayors.

Meanwhile, a Christmas fair held by the Salvation Army to recoup some of the funds from the stolen charity box held last week raised an impressive £850.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of any of the stolen property, or has any information, should call Humberside Police on the non- emergency number of 101, quoting crime reference number 1937270, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.