Bur­glary heartache for cou­ple hit by fire

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A cou­ple still re­cov­er­ing from a blaze which caused se­ri­ous dam­age to their home have been left heart­bro­ken after they were hit by bur­glars.

Mick and Pa­tri­cia Ver­nall are still liv­ing in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion after a fire hit their home in Lin­coln Road, Wer­ring­ton in De­cem­ber.

The cou­ple had res­cued some items, and bought new things for their home - and put them into stor­age in a shed while builders started work on the home.

But on Sun­day night the shed was raided - with items stolen - and other pos­ses­sions left strewn over the floor.

Pa­tri­cia said: “We are heart­bro­ken.

“We could not be­lieve what we saw when we came here on Mon­day.

“There were im­por­tant things in the shed - there were fam­ily pho­tographs, which were thrown on the floor and aban­doned by the bur­glars they have been ruined in the rain.

“There was a gold cut­lery set which used to be my dad’s which was taken, and a large gar­den or­na­ment, which must have taken a cou­ple of peo­ple to move.

“We also had new lam­i­nate floor­ing, lamps, tools and other things in there.

“After ev­ery­thing we have been though, we are just dev­as­tated. We have been walk­ing a round in a bit of a daze since it hap­pened.”

The cou­ple are hop­ing to move back into the house later this year.

Pa­tri­cia (57), who is paral­ysed, had to be res­cued from her home by a pass­ing stranger when the fire started at about 11.30am on De­cem­ber 10. She be­lieves it was started when one of her cats knocked over a can­dle.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the break in on Sun­day night. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call 101, or Crimes­top­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Mick Ver­nall at the house which is still scarred by the fire four months on

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