Wade's joyful Christmas despite thieves

SURROUNDED by their family, Doug and Yvonne Wade are today looking back on a happy Christmas, despite thieves attempts to wreck it.Just three weeks ago, their lives were turned upside down when burglars ransacked their Ipswich home and stole a lifetime's worth of jewellery and scores of presents.

SURROUNDED by their family, Doug and Yvonne Wade are today reflecting on a happy Christmas, despite thieves attempts to wreck it.

Three weeks ago, their lives were turned upside down when burglars ransacked their Ipswich home and stole a lifetime's worth of jewellery and scores of presents.

The stolen goods were valued at £28,000, but for Mr and Mrs Wade some of the items they lost were priceless.

Today, they spoke of the strength they have gained from the support given to them by their family and friends.

They also revealed how determined they were to enjoy this Christmas, with new presents brought to replace those that were stolen.

Mr Wade, 63, of Queenscliffe Road, said: "If I said our lives had been normal since this happened I'd be telling a total lie. Some of the things we lost were irreplaceable. The fact those scum came into our house and devastated us was the real trauma.

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"But what we've found is the great support we've had from our neighbours. In a neighbourhood you often don't come across your neighbours, but in a tragedy they can all picture it could've been them.

"They've been really supportive and obviously our family have been a great help too.

"My wife went out and bought new presents and wrapped them up. We had all the family round. Christmas goes on.

"That's why the family are terrific. I've got six grandchildren, three children and they're very much part of our life. They've been very supportive."

Two men from Ipswich have been arrested in connection the burglary.

The pair, aged 19 and 20 years, are due to answer bail in January.