England news April 19, 2012

Police recover more Ben Hollioake kit

Adam Hollioake, the former England allrounder has said that most of the England cricket kit used by his late brother, Ben, and stolen from his parents' home in Perth, has now been recovered.

"A person has been arrested and a search warrant issued to potentially retrieve remaining kit," Hollioake suggested on Twitter.

The success of the Western Australia police in recovering the stolen kit from a house in Applecross, in Perth's suburbs, has been hailed as an example of cricket's virtual community working together on social media for the general good.

According to Hollioake, the kit was recovered in several stages. The collection, which includes England shirts, sweaters, bats and helmets, is treasured by the family since his death ten years ago when his sports car spun out of control and hit a wall in south Perth.

"Kit turning up by the hour - probably 75% of it back now," he tweeted. "No doubt in my mind that you guys instigated us getting it back.

"On a positive note I know my bro would be happy everyone was talking about him again. He loved the spotlight. He probably arranged the theft himself from heaven."

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jay on April 19, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I was very young to know Ben as a player BUT I did hear about his immense talent as a brilliant young all rounder. It's such a loss to world cricket. His brother Adam was a wonderful player himself. In spite of being Aussies, both Adam and Ben gave their 100% for England. England will always be proud of their services. RIP Ben. It's a pity I couldn't get to know you more. I am also glad the cops managed to recover some of his kit back. That's his only legacy left behind as a cricketer. I hope the police also find and punish those responsible for stealing Ben's stuff in the first place.

  • subba on April 19, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Good news.... yes Ben is really in spotlight all over after the theft....

  • Michael on April 19, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Good news, and good to see Adam hasn't lost his sense of humour

  • bharath74 on April 19, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Great news for the family.

  • paul on April 19, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Great news for the family. I can imagine their enormous despair at such a terrible thing happening!

  • david on April 19, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Great words from Adam. Thoughts also with John and Daria

  • Rakesh on April 19, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Great to see social media used in such a positive way. Liked the last sentence of adam. good sense of humor.

  • Rayner on April 19, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Good news, his family must be very happy and hopefully these scumbags will be brought to justice.

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