Crowdfunding page set up to help newlywed couple whose wedding presents were stolen

Dave and Joanne Earle on their wedding day in Turkey. Their wedding gifts were stolen following a reception at a bar in Banbury. NNL-150710-112613001
Dave and Joanne Earle on their wedding day in Turkey. Their wedding gifts were stolen following a reception at a bar in Banbury. NNL-150710-112613001

Warm-hearted people in Banbury have been donating money to a crowdfunding page to help a newlywed couple who had their wedding presents stolen.

Dave and Joanne Earle who were married in Turkey, had wedding presents including travel vouchers and cash stolen from Bonitos Wine Bar on Sunday.

The couple had celebrated their marriage with family and friends on Saturday and had arranged to pick up their presents on Monday.

The vouchers were to be used to help pay for a trip to Jamaica at around Christmas.

Now, following an article in the Banbury Guardian, business owners and other individuals have rallied around to contribute towards a JustGiving page which aims to raise £500 to pay for the trip.

The page has been set up by business owner John Flower, of Banbury iRepair.

The page says: “Dave Earle has been an amazing fundraiser and community figure within Banbury and now is the time to return this favour.”

The page has now raised more than 50 per cent of its target, around £265.

The community has shown its support for the couple following the theft including an offer of afternoon tea at Limes Farm, in Farthinghoe.

Thames Valley Police said between around 3.30pm and 3.50pm on Sunday three offenders were seen entering and leaving Bonitos through a fire door, and walking to St Mary’s Churchyard.

The first offender is described as a white man, around 5ft6ins of a slim build, in his mid-thirties with short dark hair and possibly wearing jeans while the second offender was a white woman with dark hair in a ponytail, wearing a grey hooded top.

The third offender is a white man around 5ft10ins of a slim build, between 20 and 30 years old, with light brown untidy hair.

Witnesses are asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Visit the crowdfunding page at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/john-flower.