Paul Gascoigne begs thieves to give back late dad’s treasured watch after gang stole £140k worth of gear from his flat

A TEARFUL Paul Gascoigne has begged thieves to give back his late dad’s treasured watch after a gang stole £140,000 worth of gear from his flat.

Ex-England star Gazza, who has battled alcoholism, said, “my dad’s belongings meant so much to me, I’d really like them back.”

The legend's dad, John, died aged 72 from cancer two years ago.

Five watches, two bracelets, three rings, diamond earrings, £800 designer sunglasses and a New York Police Department badge were stolen.

Gazza told Sunday People that £140,000 of jewellery was pinched from his flat, including his father's £2,000 gold cigar cutter and watch.

“My dad’s belongings meant so much to me, I’d really like them back.

“It’s sad because I have so many memories attached to the items," he added.

While Gazza was away from his Poole home in Dorset, the thieves hit his seaside property.

Gazza is convinced the crooks struck his home after ITV presenter Piers Morgan shared a socially distanced selfie with the legend on social media.

Morgan took the pic of him in the background, while filming his talk show Life Stories which features ex-footballer and actor Vinnie Jones.

The Good Morning Britain star said on Instagram: "Great to see Gazza in the Life Stories audience today, supporting his old nut-cracking mate."

Gazza said: "Police think that the picture Piers posted of us filming in London could have alerted burglars that I was away."

Apart from swiping his £40,000 gold diamond-encrusted watch – bought with his first pay cheque from Tottenham – and a Championship medal from Glasgow Rangers, they also cheekily pinched two steaks from his freezer.

He joked to the paper that Morgan now owes him "two f***ing steaks".

However the burglars were "considerate enough to leave me some chicken".

Forensics officers have been at the scene.

With other footballers suffering similar burglaries, including thosetargeting the home of England ace Raheem Sterling, Gazza said such stars are picked out because "they’re f***ing loaded".

He said the burglary had left him "gutted", but finding out that his late dad's jewellery had hit him hard and left him "crying".

Morgan told Sunday People he was "sorry" to hear about the theft as "Paul is a great guy and the last thing he needs is to be burgled at a time like this."



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