A YOUNG footballer who became victim to opportunist thieves — losing irreplaceable jewellery of high sentimental value — has described them as 'scum'.

Ventnor Reserves player Adam Clark was playing in an away Island Combination 1 league game for his team against Shanklin Reserves, when thieves targeted his side's changing room.

Four players had items stolen from them, with watches, mobile phones and wallets among the haul.

Isle of Wight County Press: Adam's missing bangle looks similar to this.Adam's missing bangle looks similar to this. (Image: Contributed)

Most of the items were later recovered, including Adam's wallet, but items in it precious too him — a ring and a silver bangle, which contained some of his late dad's ashes and a lock of his hair — were not found.

The thieves actually used Adam's bank card within half an hour of his wallet being stolen — spending £70 on goods at Tesco Express in Lake.

Speaking to the County Press about the theft, Adam said he wished to thank Shanklin FC in their efforts to find the perpetrators, supplying CCTV footage to the police.

However, the theft has left a bitter pill for Adam to swallow.

"I'm gutted, but I still hold out some hope it will get handed in," said Adam.

"The people who did this are scum. I bet a pound to a penny it's not the first time they've done something like this.

"The items have a lot of sentimental value. I hope this is a big wake up call for football clubs to improve their security.

"Somebody who did this must be really stupid, because they went and used my card within half an hour of them nicking it. I hope Tesco Express have good CCTV footage of the person ."

Can you help Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary locate the missing jewellery?

Call 101 and quote 44240028711

Adam started his own appeal to the public, on Facebook, to try to find his jewellery.

Police, who have launched an investigation, were called at 4.03pm yesterday (Saturday) to a report of a burglary.

Shanklin FC has offered a reward to anyone who provides information, which leads to the recovery of the items.