Nicola Adams to skip Championships after burglary at her home
Olympic champion Nicola Adams has withdrawn from this weekend’s England Boxing Elite National Championships after her house was burgled in Leeds.
Thieves broke into the property in the Halton area at around 8am on Wednesday and stole the keys to her matt grey Hyundai Veloster Turbo (registration VL08STR), and a silver Ford Focus TDCi (registration YH09DLU) and an iPhone.
Both cars were then driven away.
Boxing equipment belonging to Adams was in the boot of the Hyundai ahead the championships this weekend.
The items were in a red Team GB 2012 holdall and a Louis Vuitton overnight bag. Other items taken included three pairs of boxing boots, nutrition products, three pairs of boxing gloves, a white Winning headguard and the shorts and vest she was due to compete in.
An Omega Seamaster watch with diamonds around the face was also taken. The watch was a gift to Nicola to mark her victory at the 2012 Olympics.
Adams said: “These items would mean very minimal to anyone else but are of sentimental value to me. I would be very grateful for the return of my car and stolen belongings, some of which were gifts to me following my much-recognised wins for England and Great Britain as well as personalised items meant for my next national match.
“Thank you to the district neighbourhood team who are doing everything they can to trace my car and items.”
Adams and her family were at home but were not aware of the break-in and nobody was hurt.
She tweeted: “I was really looking forward to boxing this wkend. Regret to have to pull out and disappoint u all. Thanks lots 4 all ur msgs. Xx”
I was really looking forward to boxing this wkend. Regret to have to pull out and disappoint u all. Thanks lots 4 all ur msgs. Xx
— Nicola Adams MBE (@NicolaAdams2012) April 24, 2015
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Tsang at Elland Road via 101 or call the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.