Pensioner left ‘disgusted’ after thieves steal fish

Westway resident, Charlie Coyle and local Sinn Fein Councillor, Kevin Campbell survey the damage to Charlie's fish pond. Thieves took five large goldfish and a water pump from Charlie's garden.

Westway resident, Charlie Coyle and local Sinn Fein Councillor, Kevin Campbell survey the damage to Charlie's fish pond. Thieves took five large goldfish and a water pump from Charlie's garden.

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An 77 year-old man living in Westway said he is “disgusted” after thieves stole fish and a water pump from a pond in his back garden.

Mr. Charlie Coyle has lived at his home in Westway for 17 years and dedicates much of his spare time to working in his garden where he has a small fish pond. The incident happened two weeks ago.

I know it might not seem a lot to some people but some of the fish were 10 years-old. My garden is my pride and joy. I am absolutely disgusted

Charlie Coyle

“I know it might not seem a lot to some people but some of the fish were 10 years-old. My garden is my pride and joy. I am absolutely disgusted,” he said.

Mr. Coyle has dedicated a lot of time and effort to his garden. Aside from countless beautiful shrubs and plants he made a greenhouse from scratch.

“I really like my garden. It gives me something to do and I want the people responsible for this to know that they can’t get away with it,” he said.

Sinn Fein Derry City and Strabane District Councillor for the area, Kevin Campbell described the incident as an “invasion” of Mr. Coyle’s “privacy”.

“No matter what way you dress this up, this theft is an invasion of this man’s privacy. The items hold very little monetary value which would lead me to think that those behind the theft took the fish and the pump for themselves.

“It’s a sad state of affairs that man in his seventies can’t tend to his garden and take pride in it without something like this happening.”

Colr. Campbell added: “I would urge other residents to be mindful and to look out for one another.”