PARALYMPIC fencer Adrian Derbyshire has had up to £30,000 of his competing equipment stolen.

The thieves struck at around 7.15am on Saturday at his home on Leicester Street, Whitecross and took equipment including tracksuits, a wheelchair battery and wheels as well as fencing blades.

The equipment was specially tailored to the 38-year-old's requirements.

DS Clare Ellis Said: "While some of the items have been recovered, there are still some outstanding. Without it Adrian won′t be able to train and as it is specifically tailored to his needs, it is only of use to him.

"We would urge anyone who is offered such equipment, or comes across such equipment to contact police."

A 33-year-old man from Old Hall in Warrington and a 34-year-old man from Great Sankey were arrested the same day along with a third man, aged 35 who was released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The 33-year-old and 34-year-old men were charged with burglary and will appear at magistrates court this week.

Anyone with information or is offered sporting equipment in unusual circumstances should contact Warrington CID on 101 quoting incident number 205 of January 19.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.