Heartbreak over missing mementos

By Rob George Friday 16 November 2012 Updated: 19/11 14:19

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A HEARTBROKEN man fears he has lost a number of “irreplaceable” personal belongings following the collapse of a Worcester self-storage firm.

Jonathan Sharp has used Guardian Self-Storage on the Sherriff Street Industrial Estate to store items since 2007 despite moving away from Worcester three years ago.

But he has become one of hundreds of people affected by the collapse of the firm which went into voluntary liquidation on November 2.

Mr Sharp visited the site on Monday (November 12) and was shocked when he could not trace the outdoor container which held cherished items including photographs of his late father and newspaper cuttings from his former career as a journalist.

“To find there was nothing there at all was absolutely heartbreaking. I checked all the storage containers outside but none of them had a number on I recognised or my padlocks,” he said.

“I had a thorough look inside the warehouse where all the indoor units are and some of them are still open with goods strewn everywhere.”

The 46-year-old, who now lives in Warwickshire, said the value of his missing items ran into thousands of pounds.

“They were important, irreplaceable things for me with great sentimental value,” he said.

“I am a former newspaper journalist as well and kept all my clippings going back more than two decades including from a period on the Sun in the 1990s. There were also lots of good quality clothes, electrical equipment and my much cherished CD equipment going back to my teenage years.”

Det Sgt David Hall, from West Mercia Police, said: “It is a very confused picture with many items still missing and others being returned to the site - some people who thought they had lost everything have since been reunited with their property.”

A spokesperson for liquidators Butcher Woods said: “Prior to our appointment it is understood that bailiffs Messrs Bristow and Sutor, were instructed by the landlord of the company’s former premises to distrain and remove external storage containers owner by the company and we are currently gathering further information regarding this action.”

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