Company pays Jane Tomlinson charity's bollard theft bill

Runners at a race in Hull The theft took place during the Jane Tomlinson 10k race in Hull

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A £1,500 bill faced by a charity after three metal bollards were stolen during a 10k run in Hull is to be paid by an anonymous company, organisers said.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal received a bill from the council to replace the bollards at Victoria Dock after they were taken during the race last May.

A company has offered to pay for new bollards and install them free of charge.

Hull City Council said race organisers had "accepted responsibility".

Organisers had removed the bollards and placed them beside the road to allow thousands of runners to pass through the area.

'Very fortunate'

Event organiser Sara Birkinshaw said: "It wasn't something we were expecting so early on in January but we'd rather [thefts] didn't happen again this year.

"But we've been very fortunate that in the last 24 hours a company has actually come forward to pay for the bollards and install them for free.

"We just have to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Ms Birkinshaw said the charity is encouraging volunteers to be more vigilant at the next 10k race, which is expected to take place on 3 June.

She says despite a lack of funds to increase security, a recruitment drive for volunteers will help to ensure the safety of runners at the next event.

In a statement, Cheryl Ribbitt, the events officer at Hull City Council, said: "It was unfortunate that the bollards went missing and the race organisers have accepted responsibility.

"Over the last couple of years we have developed a very successful working partnership with Jane Tomlinson Race for All and plans for this year's race on Sunday, 3 June are well under way. "

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal raises money for children's and cancer charities. More than 5,000 runners are expected to take part in this year's event.

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