Fairweather Green teenager distraught as Dr Who collection stolen (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Fairweather Green teenager distraught as Dr Who collection stolen
An autistic teenager has been devastated by thieves who invaded his safe haven and stole his prized collection of Dr Who figures.
Matthew Gibson’s upset mum, Ann-Marie, said the figures – which the youngster used to create short films to post on You Tube – had been “his world”.
The thief got into the caravan, in the family’s back garden, and took 75 plastic figurines – which Matthew had been collecting since he was eight.
Mrs Gibson, 40, told how her son did not have many friends and the figures were important to him.
She said: “He’s been a big Dr Who fan since he was eight. It’s his specialist subject. He had collected more than 30 toy Daleks, an army of Cybermen and loads of Weeping Angels and he used them to make short five-minute Dr Who films. He writes all the plots, does the filming and the editing.
“It can take him all day to make one film, but he has probably got 100 of them on You Tube.
“It’s something that’s very important to him and something that he loves.”
Mrs Gibson said her son discovered the theft when he went into the caravan, in the back garden of their home in Bullroyd Lane, Fairweather Green, Bradford.
She said: “He was completely distraught. His caravan was his safe haven, where no-one would pick on him or do anything to hurt him.
“Someone has completely and utterly destroyed that. It’s an invasion and now he doesn’t want to have anything to do with it.”
Mrs Gibson said it was not clear when the theft had taken place because her son had not been in the caravan for a couple of weeks.
She said: “I assume the thief thought the figures were of value. But the reality is they are just car boot stuff. They’re not really worth anything to anyone else, but to Matthew they are the whole world.
“I would plead with whoever has taken them to just leave them somewhere where they can be returned to Matthew. The most important thing is to get them back.
“If anyone knows, or suspects, who has taken them, just find it in your heart to do something about it.”
Inspector Andy Croasdale, of the North Bradford Neighbourhood Policing team, said: “Any burglary is one too many but the circumstances in this case make it an even more despicable crime. We are continuing to investigate and anyone with information is asked to contact the North Bradford NPT, via101.”
Anyone with information can also e-mail Mrs Gibson at email@example.com.
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