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Friday, 25 April 2014

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How a family’s Christmas was stolen by burglars

HEARTLESS thieves stole a family’s presents just days before Christmas, leaving only the ripped wrapping paper behind.

The callous actions of the burglars devastated the family, who discovered on Christmas Eve that their relative’s empty Cleator Moor home had been burgled.

The family, who do not wish to be named, say they went to the Ennerdale Road home to collect their gifts but instead found wrapping strewn over the floor and most of their presents stolen. Some had been unwrapped and left behind.

The mum-of-four said: “I still can’t believe someone would do this. You read about it happening to other people but you never think it will happen to you. I just want to warn people to be very careful.”

The presents were taken from the property sometime between Sunday, December 22, and 2.15pm on Christmas Eve. The family say the thieves were very selective in the items they took. Stolen gifts included children’s toys, a limited edition bottle of Bell’s whisky with a ceramic jug, cash in envelopes and a black holdall containing clothing.

A window was smashed and a television damaged. The cost of the damage and the stolen gifts is estimated to be around £5,000.

The mum said the burglary has ruined the family’s Christmas. She said: “We had Christmas dinner together on Christmas Day but our hearts weren’t in it. It just wasn’t like Christmas. Everyone was trying to stay strong for each other. It’s just been horrible.”

A police spokeswoman said: “This despicable crime so close to Christmas has ruined the holidays for the family who have witnessed the destruction left behind by the heartless thieves.”

Anyone with any information can ring the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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