Angry pensioner’s case stolen from Robin Hood train

TRAVELLING LIGHT -- grandad Tony Jayes at his Hucknall home this week -- DISPIC NHUD12-0699-1.
TRAVELLING LIGHT -- grandad Tony Jayes at his Hucknall home this week -- DISPIC NHUD12-0699-1.

A PEEVED pensioner from Hucknall, whose luggage was stolen on a train, has found out the investigation has been derailed — more than three months later.

Tony Jayes (72), of Broomhill Road, took a trip to Scotland before Christmas to an area he regular visited with his late wife, Lily.

He went to Kirkcaldy in Fife and as part of the holiday, he went to see Raith Rovers play — a team in Division One of the Scottish League Mr Jayes has followed since the age of eight.

On the return journey, he made the six-hour trek all the way to Worksop, negotiating three changes — at Edinburgh, York and Retford.

But on the short hop from Worksop to Hucknall on the Robin Hood Line, run by East Midlands Trains, his suitcase was swiped.

Inside was £250 worth of clothes, including jumpers, shirts and a leather jacket. There were also several Christmas presents in the case.

Mr Jayes reported the theft to British Transport Police (BTP) and was told that CCTV footage on the train would be checked.

A few days later, he was notified that the investigation had stalled because of the festive season.

Now he has told the Dispatch that after several weeks, he has received a call to say there was nothing more that could be done.

He alleges he was told security cameras on the two-carriage train were either not working or were pointing in the wrong place.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said dad-of-one and grandad-of-two Mr Jayes. “I think these thieves are getting on to local services, grabbing luggage, getting off at the next stop and then heading off and selling the stuff at car-boot sales.

“I’ve been told this has happened several times. You just don’t expect this sort of thing so close to home. I think the thefts are planned but I can’t do much about mine now.”

A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said: “We are sorry to hear of the problems this passenger experienced.

“We are in the process of installing CCTV cameras across the fleet of trains that run along the Robin Hood Line, which is part of our £5 million fleet-refurbishment programme.

“However it is still important that passengers ensure that their items of luggage are not left unattended.

“We make regular announcements on our trains to remind people to keep their luggage close to them.”