Reward offered in heartless thieves hunt

POLICE are being aided in their hunt for the "lowest of the low."An Ipswich businessman has offered a reward today for information leading to return of a heartbroken little girl's communication lifeline.

POLICE are being aided in their hunt for the "lowest of the low."

An Ipswich businessman has offered a reward today for information leading to return of a heartbroken little girl's communication lifeline.

Ivor Barnett was sickened after reading about the theft of little Holly Goodwyn's computer.

The six-year-old girl's severe cerebral palsy makes speech very difficult for her. Her laptop was a vital tool for mainstream school life.


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Mr Barnett, owner of Barnett Brickwork, said: "I was most touched by the fact that Holly's mother had to explain to her that it was not a personal thing.

"It must have been heartbreaking."

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"I understand what little Holly is going through as I know a young man with autism who also has to rely on a computer to communicate. I have seen how much it means to him and how it has helped him.

"The people that did this could not have thought about the consequences of what they were doing. They are the lowest of the low.

"The terrible thing about it is that the computer was probably worth a lot of money and the people that stole it will get hardly anything for it."

The 60-year-old has six grandchildren so has seen how upset youngsters can get if something precious to them goes missing.

He has offered a reward of £200 in the hope that someone may come forward with information leading to the capture of the thieves or the return of the computer.

If the reward is not claimed, Mr Barnett will donate it to the school towards a replacement.

Burglars smashed a window at Sidegate Primary School, Ipswich, and took Holly's vital machine on Monday night.

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