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Twitter drive by cricketers help recover part of late England player Hollioake's stolen kit

London, Thu, 19 Apr 2012 ANI

London, Apr 19(ANI): Some of cricket's biggest stars waved an emotional Twitter campaign, which helped recover a part of late England player Ben Hollioake's stolen kit.

England shirts, helmets, sweaters and training gear were among items taken during a robbery at Hollioake's parents' house in Perth, Western Australia.

At least five bats as well as kit from Ben's days with Surrey and the England Under-19s also went missing.

Hollioake's elder brother Adam, who himself was a former England one-day captain, rallied players such as Kevin Pietersen, Michael Vaughan and Stuart Broad on the Twitter to help find the thieves.

"Please help find the idiots who have broken into Adam Hollioake's parents' house and stole Ben's England possessions," The Sun quoted Vaughan's tweet, as saying.

The police recovered several of the missing items within hours of the Twitter campaign, and Adam confirmed the news.

Adam Hollioake said: "WA police have recovered a small amount of Ben's kit and another bag was dropped at my parents' house - but plenty is still missing."

"I can't thank everyone on twitter enough for their amazing response. Without it, I don't think we would have retrieved any of it," he added.

Ben was just 24 when killed in a car crash while driving his Porsche in Perth in March 2002. (ANI)

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