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Anger as toys stolen from West Bowling home
A nine-year-old boy and his grandmother have been left heartbroken by thieves who stole his electronic games and wrecked other toys.
The raiders ransacked rooms at Susan Fleming’s terraced home in Clough Street, West Bowling, Bradford, while they were out.
They stole several TVs, including one from grandson Joshua’s bedroom, along with his Xbox 360 games console, 30 electronic games and a Lexibook tablet, which he used for playing games and going on the internet and YouTube.
The burglars also took irreplaceable items of sentimental value to 61-year-old Mrs Fleming, including jewellery bought by a daughter, and a laptop containing photos of her grandchildren.
Mrs Fleming said yesterday: “It’s very upsetting. I collapsed when I came home and saw what had happened.
“It had cost me thousands of pounds to buy the stuff for Joshua. It had taken me years of saving, buying something for him each Christmas.”
She added: “What toys they didn’t take, they broke and left strewn about. His 3D jigsaw and remote control dinosaur were smashed to bits. It’s so cruel. The break-in was bad enough, but then to break his toys was awful. Joshua was very upset and frightened about it.”
Mrs Fleming, who suffers from arthritis, said the burglars even went through her underwear drawer, and also stole Christmas presents she had bought for some of her 24 grandchildren.
She added: “It might take a few years, but I can replace the televisions. But the items of sentimental value, like my jewellery and laptop, can never be replaced. It’s Joshua’s stuff that I want back the most, and I appeal to anyone who knows where it is, to let us know.”
Mrs Fleming said that since the burglary, which happened between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday, September 28, she had been too afraid to go out and had not been sleeping.
A police spokesman said: “It is possible a vehicle might have been involved, due to the amount of items taken, and we would be interested to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in Clough Street, between 3pm on Friday, September 27 and 6.40pm the following day.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”