A Scouting group is celebrating after its trailer which had been stolen was recovered and returned to its rightful owner by police.
An eagle-eyed young Scout from the 2nd Atherton Scouts group spotted the trailer outside an address in Atherleigh and alerted the leaders.
“It is now back in our possession with our faith in the rule of the law greatly restored.”Group assistant leader Paul Grimshaw
The trailer, which was stolen in March, was used to transport all their equipment to weekend camps and was bought and renovated for £650 after the youngsters spent a weekend bag packing at a supermarket.
After the unexpected discovery of the trailer the group got in touch with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), who were able to recover it and give it back to the group.
Group assistant leader Paul Grimshaw said: “One of our Scouts saw the trailer while she was doing her paper round and thought it looked a lot like the one we had.
“She remembered some of the badges on it and in particular a distinctive horseshow one which had been painted over. Her dad is a fellow Scout leader so we went down to have a look and it was clearly our trailer.
“Our children did fund-raising to buy it and I told them if it hadn’t been found they would have been back in Atherton’s Tesco some point soon.
“The police got involved and much to our surprise the decision was reached within a couple of weeks in our favour.
“It is now back in our possession with our faith in the rule of the law greatly restored. It’s a good result for us. We’re just pleased we’ve got it back.”
A police investigation revealed the new owner had bought the trailer on the side of a road in North Wales so will not face prosecution as he is an innocent purchaser.
Paul says the recovery of the trailer means the groups based at the headquarters on Leigh Road in Howe Bridge will be able to enjoy more easily the outdoor pursuits which form a key part of the Scouting experience.
Following the theft earlier this year the scouts had already received generous donations from Atherton residents and a local charity for a replacement and Paul says this money will now be used to help another group buy a similar trailer.