Fam­ily Christ­mas ru­ined as presents are stolen

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

A FAM­ILY’S Christ­mas has been writ­ten off af­ter thou­sands of pounds worth of presents and prop­erty was stolen by bur­glars.

Cas Gos­bee and her fam­ily had been out cel­e­brat­ing her daugh­ter Cathy’s 19th birth­day when thieves struck at their home in High­field Lane, Mer­sham.

Among items stolen were a lap­top con­tain­ing the school work of her son William, 14, who has spe­cial needs. They fam­ily now has a guard dog in case the bur­glars re­turn.

Mum-of-four Ms Gos­bee, 47, said: “I just wish they could see the state William is in now. He is dev­as­tated. I hope they grow up and have a fam­ily and this hap­pens to them, so they know what it’s like. We are not go­ing to have a Christ­mas at all now.”

The raiders struck be­tween 6pm and 10.30pm on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 12, when the fam­ily were out cel­e­brat­ing at the French Con­nec­tion restau­rant at Ash­ford’s Or­bital Park.

Presents worth £1,500 were stolen from un­der the Christ­mas tree in­clud­ing a new lap­top, a sat nav and a Nin­tendo Wii games con­sole.

Other items taken in­cluded the lap­top William uses for his work at Highview School in Folke­stone, Ms Gos­bee’s works lap­top for a care home in Dover district, a TV and DVDs.

The bur­glars got in by break­ing through a rear door and then broke down two doors in­side the prop­erty, in­clud­ing Cathy’s bed­room door.

Ms Gos­bee said: “You can’t imag­ine what it’s like be­ing bur­gled. It’s not just an in­va­sion of your home. Now we find it hard to sleep in our own homes and we don’t feel safe.

“If the thieves are read­ing this I would ask them to at least bring back William’s com­puter be­cause all his work is on it.

“We now have a dog be­cause bur­glars tend to come back once stolen items are re­placed.”

The raid has left the fam­ily to­tally out of pocket be­cause their home con­tents in­sur­ance ex­pired at the end of Novem­ber de­spite con­tin­ued pay­ments by di­rect debit.

The fam­ily said this is be­cause re­newal doc­u­ments had been sent to their pre­vi­ous ad­dress, adding that the bur­glars took Ms Gos­bee’s car keys but not the car. Ms Gos­bee said: “The lock­smith came at 5am next morn­ing and we dis­cov­ered there was a prowler out­side and had to call the po­lice again. The po­lice now think the thieves were com­ing back to take the car.”

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Cas Gos­bee, whose fam­ily’s Christ­mas presents were stolen

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