Community helps elderly crime victims

COMMUNITY spirit is not dead!Two Suffolk firms have today stepped in to help an elderly couple who fell victim to crime.Fred and Edna Page were left devastated, and several hundred pounds out of pocket, after thieves broke into their car breaking a window and stealing the stereo.

COMMUNITY spirit is not dead!

Two Suffolk firms have today stepped in to help an elderly couple who fell victim to crime.

Fred and Edna Page were left devastated, and several hundred pounds out of pocket, after thieves broke into their car breaking a window and stealing the stereo.

The couple quickly arranged for a broken window in the car to be replaced - but when a window company read about the couple's trauma in The Evening Star, it agreed to do it free of charge.

And Kerridges garage, Needham Market, has since come forward and vowed to pay for a new stereo for the couple.

Mr Page, 78, said: "I can't thank them enough. It's so nice of them.

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"We were really upset by what happened and this shows there are still people out there who are good."

Mrs Page, also 78, has recently been in Norwich hospital having her knees replaced while Mr Page Fred has been in Ipswich Hospital with lung problems.

Terry Fenwick, general manager at The Windscreen Company on Turret Lane, Ipswich, said: "We wanted to help the couple as a gesture of goodwill.

"They've been through a lot and we are happy to help.

"The fitter said they were a dear couple and as soon as we realised what they had been through we agreed to pay for it."

John Kerridge, managing director of Kerridges, said: "I know Fred and he is a good old boy and I know he likes his music.

"He has his MOTs done here and I'm only too pleased to pay for a new stereo and it's fitting."

The Page's Nissan Sunny was targeted at their home on Sunday - the same night thieves stole £4,000 worth of goods from cars parked in The Lion pub in the town.

A £250 stereo was taken from the Page's car and the excess on the insurance policy means they would have had to pay for the loss.

Friends of the couple have also rallied round and are offering a £100 reward for information leading to the thief's arrest and conviction.

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