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Thursday, 20 November 2014

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Young Cumbrian angler lands surprise stolen catch

A young angler reunited a woman with her stolen handbag thanks to a miracle catch.

Fishing brothers photo
Nathon and Adam Ivison

Nathon Ivison, 10, of Rosehill, Carlisle, thought he had hooked a whopper while out fishing on the River Tyne.

Moments earlier his elder brother Adam, 11, had just caught a 4lb sea trout when Nathon felt something heavy on the end of his line.

As the primary school pupil pulled his rod up he thought it was a black and white flat fish.

But he was stunned when the catch turned out to be a woman’s handbag containing a purse, set of keys and make-up.

Nathon’s grandmother, Carole Sanderson, said: “The boys both had mackerel on their lines and were waiting for anything.

“Adam’s rod starting bouncing and at first he thought it was a codling or something small, but he couldn’t believe it when it turned out to be a sea trout.

“My brother Tony was there at the time and he has been fishing that river for 50 years and had never seen that happen.

“Within half an hour Nathon thought he had caught a ‘flattie’ but he couldn’t tell for sure as it was so dark.

“Then when we saw it we thought what on earth is that, and we couldn’t believe it was a handbag.

“It had the girl’s driving licence, Visa card, keys and make-up still inside.”

They reported their discovery to Northumbria Police and, using the name on the driving licence, they managed to track down the owner – a 24-year-old woman from the Gateshead area.

Carole, her husband David, and the two boys arranged to travel back to the Tyne to reunite the woman with her belongings – while fitting in an extra fishing session.

She said: “The girl told us she had been in the pub a few days earlier and had put her handbag under her coat, but it had somehow been stolen and she was heartbroken.

“Her mobile phone and money had gone but they had chucked everything else in the bag into the river.

“She was so grateful to get her bag, keys, credit card and make-up back though.

“The boys were really pleased to return it to the rightful owner and we couldn’t believe we found it.”

Both boys have been fishing since they were three.

Adam, a member and helper at New Mills Fishing Country Park, said: “I was just casting out like usual. I cast really far and all of a sudden my rod started tipping to the side. It was really fast. That’s the first sea fish I’ve had that actually fought back. It was bending the rod.

“After that my brother Nathon caught a lady’s bag with a driver’s license, Visa card and all her make-up still in. He actually caught it by the top of the handles! She was really happy we found it. She phoned up to say thank you.”

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