Anger at Christmas lights theft

A COUPLE desperately fundraising for an adapted extension so their severely disabled son can continue to live at home today spoke of their dismay after two Christmas trees and festive lights were stolen from their garden.

A COUPLE desperately fundraising for an adapted extension so their severely disabled son can continue to live at home today spoke of their dismay after two Christmas trees and festive lights were stolen from their garden.

Michelle and David Chaplin were at home when a yellow car pulled up outside and removed the trees, lights and a large lit moving reindeer.

Their three-year-old son Henry suffers from cerebral palsy, West's syndrome, visual impairment, epilepsy and severe developmental delay.

The reindeer and lights were bought because the youngster responds to light and movement.

Mrs Chaplin, who also has a two-year-old daughter called Grace, said: “This year has been really difficult all round. This is another kick in the teeth.

“We are desperately trying to fundraise to keep Henry at home and the time it took to organise going and buying the lights and then setting them up took quite a lot of organising.

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“With few people willing to look after him, that time is really precious.”

The theft of the items, which cost in excess of £90, took place on December 28 between 6.15pm and 7.15pm.

A neighbour saw the small yellow car approach the house, before the goods were taken.

The police have been informed.

Mrs Chaplin, of Straight Road, Battisford added: “I can't believe someone could do this to two young children.

“They both loved the lights, especially the reindeer. Henry responded to the reindeer as it was so bright and moved.

“Life is a real struggle and yet someone is willing to steal from our own property.”

Anyone who has information on the theft is asked to call police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The family is trying to raise in excess of £20,000 to build a specially adapted extension for Henry. If you would like to make a contribution, call 01449 612613.

What do you think of the theft? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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