Fam­ily’s agony af­ter Christ­mas bur­glary

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A FAM­ILY’S Christ­mas has been left in ru­ins af­ter bur­glars broke into their home and stole a sack­ful of fes­tive gifts.

The in­trud­ers ran­sacked the house in Broad­way, Yax­ley, be­fore flee­ing the scene with a huge haul of elec­tronic goods as well as an un­spec­i­fied amount of jew­ellery and cash.

Now shocked com­mu­nity lead­ers have ral­lied round and have ap­pealed for do­na­tions of gifts to help make Christ­mas a hap­pier time for the fam­ily of three.

Po­lice say the raid took place some­time be­tween 10am on Mon­day and 3.50pm on Wed­nes­day and has left the oc­cu­pants, a 54-yearold wo­man, her daugh­ter and a one-year-old baby, ex­tremely dis­tressed. The home­owner was said by po­lice to be too dis­tressed to talk about the bur­glary.

PC Ge­off Lloyd say the bur­glars stole sev­eral hundreds of pounds in cash, a tele­vi­sion, DVD player, com­puter, vac­uum cleaner, jew­ellery and even meat from their freezer.

The jew­ellery taken in­cluded rings, pen­dants and chains which were stolen from bed­side draw­ers.

But the fam­ily may be in for a fes­tive treat af­ter the spirit of Christ­mas was em­braced by the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion (RBL) Club on Broad­way, Yax­ley.

They have of­fered to take in any Christ­mas do­na­tions peo­ple want to make to the fam­ily, and even at this late stage hope to get in a range of gifts from kind strangers.

The club hope to hand over the presents to the fam­ily when they open be­tween 11am and 3pm on Christ­mas Day.

Good Sa­mar­i­tans can leave gifts to­day be­tween noon and 3pm and from 7pm to 11.30pm.

Yax­ley RBL club’s Linda Lum­bers said: “This is an ab­so­lutely de­spi­ca­ble thing to have hap­pened to a fam­ily at Christ­mas. We don’t know who the vic­tims were but to think it hap­pened on the same road is just aw­ful.

“If any­body wants to do­nate, we are more than happy to take the do­na­tions. It would be great if the com­mu­nity ral­lied and we got some presents to give to them.”

The RBL club will keep any do­na­tions in a locked of­fice un­til the fam­ily want to pick them up.

Yax­ley Parish Coun­cil coun­cil­lor Ann Rees added: “It is a dread­ful thing to hap­pen. If any­body can give any­thing I am sure the fam­ily would ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

The Very Rev­erend Charles Tay­lor, Dean of Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral, said: “I am ap­palled to hear of this theft from a fam­ily home. It is self­ish and heart­less enough at any time of year, but par­tic­u­larly so at Christ­mas.

“But it’s won­der­ful to see the pos­i­tive side of hu­man na­ture as friends and neigh­bours rally around and I wel­come this great ini­tia­tive to help the fam­ily.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

vol­un­teers: Staff at Mc­don­ald’s in Glin­ton, who will be among those giv­ing up their Christ­mas Day morn­ing to make ba­con butties for the home­less and the emer­gency ser­vices in Peter­bor­ough.

Pic­ture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON.

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