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Theft misery for heartbreak family

PUBLISHED: 03:52 27 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

THE poignant first Christmas for two youngsters since their mother died of cancer has been wrecked after thieves stole their presents and luggage minutes after they arrived at a holiday resort.

THE poignant first Christmas for two youngsters since their mother died of cancer has been wrecked after thieves stole their presents and luggage minutes after they arrived at a holiday resort.

Heartbreak hit Thomas and Georgina Young after they flew to Spain with their father Simon to prepare for Christmas without doting mother, Joanne. She lost a three-year battle against breast cancer in May at the age of 37.

But Mr Young and the two children, both Farlingaye High School pupils in Woodbridge, are now having to fly home early from the Costa Blanca after thieves struck.

Two hire cars, all their luggage, presents, diving equipment and passports were taken as Mr Young and his children ate a meal near the villa at Torrevieja, in the Alicante area.

Mr Young said: "I am absolutely gutted. My mother invited us to spend Christmas, the first Christmas without Jo, at her villa and now we have lost everything. We will try to fly home on Christmas Eve or on Boxing Day."

The family, who live near Ipswich, had flown from Stansted Airport on Saturday evening – they were on the last plane out before snow closed the runway – to Alicante.

Staff at Ufford Park Hotel and friends have been fund-raising to give money to St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, where Mrs Young died, and to provide a holiday for the children.

The family had met up with Mr Young's mother, Carol Boon, husband Nick and their son James, and they arrived in Spain late on Saturday night after their 5.45pm flight.

They drove two brand new Volkswagen Golf rental cars along the 40 minute-route to the villa at Torrevieja, unpacked the vehicles, and popped out to visit friends. They were not at home so they decided to have an evening meal in a restaurant close to the villa.

Mr Young, who works at Felixstowe docks, said: "By the time we came out of the restaurant everything had been taken.

"This included the diving equipment and all the presents. We are left wearing the clothes we went to the restaurant in."

It is believed the thieves struck within minutes of the family leaving the villa.

At 2am on Sunday, the family tried unsuccessfully to make the police aware of the thefts. They had to return in the afternoon with an interpreter.

It is not known exactly when Mr Young and his children will be returning home.


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