Death-cheat fam­ily shaken by gas hor­ror

‘The whole place could have blown up’says mum

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Springhall fam­ily cheated death when thieves ripped gas pipes off their home wall.

Kerry- Ann Tor­ley ( 29) and Jamie Wright (31) were fast asleep in their Cru­achan Road home on Sun­day night into Mon­day morn­ing (May 11) when the thugs struck.

When Jamie woke up the next morn­ing for work, he could smell gas through­out the house.

He di­alled 999 as soon as he spot­ted the prob­lem and got Karen, as well as their two chil­dren, El­lie (4) and Mil­lie (2) Wright, to safety.

At the time, the fam­ily didn’t re­alise how close they had come to dis­as­ter, but in the cold light of day, full-time mum Kerry -Ann ad­mits she has been left shaken by the or­deal.

She said: “Jamie woke up about 6.30am for work and as soon as he got up he could smell gas. Then he said he could taste it.

“He went down­stairs and the whole place was stink­ing. We were look­ing to see if there were any leaks.

“We could hear it hiss­ing then we went out­side and the pipes had all been ripped off the wall.

“Jamie phoned 999 and they sent out a gas man, but he said it was a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent and we should con­tact the po­lice.

“It’s been a bit of a night­mare, I’m try­ing not to think about what could have hap­pened.

“It’s pretty hor­rific, I ac­tu­ally feel very shaken.

“The whole house was full yes­ter­day try­ing to get things back to nor­mal, although we had to keep El­lie off nurs­ery as she was feel­ing a bit sick.”

When asked what pos­si­ble con­se­quences could have come from it, Kerry-Ann said: “The whole place could have blown up.

“Not just our place. We are a block of 10 and whose to say it wouldn’t have af­fected the next block. All it would have taken was a light switch, some­one walk­ing past with a cig­a­rette or even a mo­bile phone go­ing off.

“We were very lucky Jamie was up be­fore the heat­ing went on.”

Kerry- Ann said she was speak­ing out to make more peo­ple aware of the is­sue.

She added: “There’s a see-saw out­side our home, so right away peo­ple will know we have chil­dren here, but that hasn’t stopped them.”

In­spec­tor Jim Gille­spie at Ruther­glen Po­lice said: “I can con­firm that we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft of cop­per gas pip­ing from homes in the Springhall area which oc­curred in the early hours of Mon­day,May 11 2015.

“In­ter­fer­ence with any of the util­i­ties is danger­ous and highly ir­re­spon­si­ble, par­tic­u­larly gas sup­plies.

“We are ap­peal­ing for any wit­nesses or mem­bers of the com­mu­nity with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact us on 101.”

It’s pretty hor­rific, I ac­tu­ally feel very shaken

Crime The pipe was ripped from the wall of Kerry-Ann and Jamie’s home

Lucky es­cape Ker­ryAnn Tor­ley and Jamie Wright with their kids, El­lie (4) and Mil­lie (2)

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