Family’s agony after Christmas burglary
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.