Lincolnshire sports charity replaces kit stolen from London 2012 Games Maker
A sports charity has replaced kit stolen from a London 2012 games maker after organisers LOCOG refused.
Robin Wright, 59, from Sturton-by-Stow, spent two weeks in the capital in the press and media department.
He was based at the Archery event at Lord's Cricket Ground and guided athletes to press conferences and interviews.
Two weeks in, someone stole Mr Wright's iconic purple jacket and bag, along with his mobile phone, wallet and house keys.
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Despite pleas to LOCOG to replace it, he received nothing until Lincolnshire Sports Partnership stepped in.
"At the time, I just thought the items would be replaced," said Mr Wright. "The police caught the action on video and arrested the man but he had quickly passed the items on.
"I was assured LOCOG would replace everything but by the end of the games, nothing had appeared.
"It was very disappointing – all the games makers were fantastic and we deserved better. I was told that there was no spare kit left and it was just hard luck.
"I was very disappointed in LOCOG and even wrote to Lord Sebastian Coe to complain. I hoped for at least a reply, or something to have been done in the aftermath of the Games, but I got neither."
Staff at the charity were keen to replace the uniform for Mr Wright, who is well known within Lincolnshire sporting circles.
"I was so taken back and very grateful that Lincolnshire Sports Partnership managed to replace my kit," he said.
"Being a games maker is something I treasure greatly and I'm very thankful that I now have my jacket and bag, which I can pass down to my children as a memento from a fantastic summer of sport." Janet Inman, chief executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, expressed the charity's disappointment at LOCOG's failure to replace the stolen kit.
"Lincolnshire Sports Partnership was very disappointed to hear that a volunteer from our county had their belongings stolen at the London 2012 Games," she said.
"Robin is a valued member of the sporting community in Lincolnshire and is well known in his role as director of sport at the University of Lincoln and we saw this as a way to thank him for his hard work, commitment and dedication to sport in Lincolnshire."
A spokesman for LOCOG said: "LOCOG is delighted to have provided new Games uniform items for Mr Wright to replace those stolen, and to have worked with the Linconshire Sports Partnership to bring this unfortunate incident to a happy ending."