Team Scotland star's stolen bowls returned

Prized bowls belonging to one of Scotland's main medal contenders at the Commonwealth Games have been recovered by police after they were stolen from his local club.

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Paul Foster (right) with Alex Marshall
Paul Foster (right) with Alex Marshall

Four-times world indoor bowls champion Paul Foster had been playing and practising with the specially-made set since the spring, and was left "devastated" when they were taken just two weeks before the Glasgow 2014 bowls competition begins.

Three of the four bowls were stolen from the locker room at his local club, Troon Portland, on Monday.

“This is a huge relief for me,” said the Troon 41-year-old, a Gold medallist in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

“I’ve have seen the bowls, they is no doubt they are mine and at first glance they appear to be undamaged.

“I would like to thank the police, the media, the public and everyone who has helped the police in the campaign to find them in such a short space of time.”

Foster pleaded with the culprit to return them as he had amassed countless hours of play and practice time with the bowls and planned to use them in competition at the Games.

He said yesterday: ''I'm now trying to get another set of the same make and model but even if I do, I know that you won't ever get two sets of bowls that are 100% the same.

''This is obviously devastating to me and I spent the whole of last night thinking about who it could be, but I've got no idea."

Police Scotland confirmed today that they have recovered the limited edition Henselite Tiger bowls, which are blue with white speckling and each have a picture of the Kelvin Hall in the centre.

No details of where the bowls were found has been released, but Foster said he has seen them and they appear to be undamaged.

Foster, 41, a gold medallist at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, said: "This is a huge relief for me. I've seen the bowls, there is no doubt they are mine and at first glance they appear to be undamaged.

"I would like to thank the police, the media, the public and everyone who has helped the police in the campaign to find them in such a short space of time."

The bowls are to be checked by forensic officers before they are returned to Foster.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information on the theft to contact them.

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