‘Christmas is cancelled’ after gifts are stolen in raids

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SCROOGE thieves have left two Hucknall families reeling on the eve of the festive season — after stealing Christmas gifts in house break-ins.

The raids happened on Friday December 9 between 3 pm and 7 pm.

The first was at a home on Robin Bailey Way where a kitchen window was forced open, while the second happened on Orchard Court where the burglars got in through a back door.

Now the targeted families say they feel as if “Christmas has been cancelled”.

The raiders at Orchard Court, off Watnall Road, made off with more than £250 worth of presents, intended for the six young children who live at the home.

Mum Eve Robinson (29), who is single, has been hit doubly hard because she didn’t have home-contents insurance.

Items taken included a radio-controlled car worth £50, a stunt scooter worth £100 and several games and stocking fillers that had been laid out in a bedroom for wrapping.

They were intended for Levi (11), India (nine), Caleb (five), Elias (four), Izaiah (three) and two-year-old Lilah.

The children’s grandma, Colleen McManus (55), of Church Drive, Hucknall, said: “We are all heartbroken and disgusted in equal measures.

“The only thing the burglars have achieved is to destroy Christmas for a young family.

“Eve really is a good mum and tries her best. Now this has just left her distraught. She thinks she has let the children down.”

Eve cannot remember whether she locked the door, through which the raiders got into the house.

She had been saving all year to make it a special Christmas for the youngsters. But now she cannot afford to replace many of the gifts.

The thieves also searched other parts of the home but stole nothing else.

Colleen has dipped into her own pocket to replace some of the presents but not everything can be bought again.

“I am appalled this has happened,” said Colleen, who has a total of 11 grandchildren.

“How someone could do this to children at Christmas is just beyond me. It is just evil.

“It has to be someone who knows Eve. I hope they feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves.”

Detectives have launched an investigation into both raids.

In the break-in on Robin Bailey Way, items of clothing, which had been bought as Christmas presents, were stolen.

Other items pilfered included a computer-games console, camcorder, iPod and several pieces of jewellery, including two Pandora bracelets and charms.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious at either of the targeted homes, or has any information, is asked to ring the police on the non-emergency number of 101.

For the break-in on Robin Bailey Way, use extension number 8063733.

Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.