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AS if breaking his leg was not bad enough, callous thieves made things even worse for an Ipswich paper boy after stealing his games console stolen from a hospital waiting room.

AS if breaking his leg was not bad enough, callous thieves made things even worse for an Ipswich paper boy after stealing his games console stolen from a hospital waiting room.

George Todd, 13, of Graham Road, Ipswich, broke his leg in five places while riding his BMX bike at the town's skate park.

He was taken to Ipswich Hospital by an ambulance and as he was being operated on in theatre, his Playstation console, two games and a memory card were taken from the accident and emergency department's children's waiting room.

His mother Carole Todd was left to break the news to him when he recovered from surgery.

Mrs Todd said: “I'm just disappointed in people.

“We were all in the same boat, we were all there having our kids seen to because of some accident or injury and some callous person can just walk away with our kid's expensive toy.”

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George's father, Julian Todd, said: “I think it's just a terrible thing. It's the callousness and coldness of the people that did it.”

George, who had the accident on Saturday , is now facing eight weeks in plaster and some time in a wheelchair. He said the worst thing about his run of bad luck is that he is unable to do his daily paper round which earnt him £22 a week.

He said: “I'll miss riding my bike and sports at school but most of all my paper round which I did every morning and evening.”

A spokeswoman from Ipswich Hospital said: “We do advise people not to leave anything unattended but unfortunately it does happen.

“There are 8,000 people in the area at any one time so it's inevitable to some extent.”

N Have you been the victim callous thieves? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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