Christmas is stolen from pensioners

Southend Standard: Yobs steal Christmas from pensioners Yobs steal Christmas from pensioners

PENSIONERS were heartbroken after yobs stole £300 of Christmas decorations from outside their house.

Thieves took a 4ft snowman, a 4ft Father Christmas and a 3ft model of the big man climbing into a chimney, from the front garden of a house in Font Close, Laindon.

Homeowner Alan Richmond, 67, has been putting the festive characters in his garden to amuse local schoolchildren for about six years.

He said the theft has put him off decorating his garden in future.

He said: “The children cut through our road to get to the Phoenix School, in Leinster Road, so we used to put the decorations up for them.

“The people who took these characters are just absolute scum.”

Mr Richmond and his wife went to bed at about 10.30pm on Thursday.

When their grandaughter arrived home half-an-hour later, at 11pm, the decorations, worth about £289, had vanished.

Mr Richmond said: “We think the thieves must have been watching the house and waiting for when we turned the lights out.

“When we came down the next morning, we found whoever had taken them, had cut all the wires and just lifted them out the garden.

“The strange thing is we did not hear anything.

“I just want to warn other people in the area to be vigilant.

“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

A spokesman from Essex Police, said: “Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of Christmas ornaments from a garden in Font Close, Laindon.

“They were stolen between 10.30pm and 11pm on December 5.

“Anyone with information is asked to call Essex Police on 101.”

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12:28pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Unfortunately anything desirable which can be sold, is often the target of thieves, especially Christmas decs
Unfortunately anything desirable which can be sold, is often the target of thieves, especially Christmas decs Nowthatsworthknowing

12:54pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Just makes you wonder how much lower this filth will sink.

I hope they get a visit from Karma very soon...
Just makes you wonder how much lower this filth will sink. I hope they get a visit from Karma very soon... Kim Gandy

12:55pm Thu 12 Dec 13

max zorin says...

nothing is safe anymore, in some countries they chop your hands off for stealing. i seriously hope this country starts doing it to thieves :)
nothing is safe anymore, in some countries they chop your hands off for stealing. i seriously hope this country starts doing it to thieves :) max zorin

2:38pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Complete_Nutter says...

max zorin wrote:
nothing is safe anymore, in some countries they chop your hands off for stealing. i seriously hope this country starts doing it to thieves :)
I bloody hope not. I won't have any hands.
[quote][p][bold]max zorin[/bold] wrote: nothing is safe anymore, in some countries they chop your hands off for stealing. i seriously hope this country starts doing it to thieves :)[/p][/quote]I bloody hope not. I won't have any hands. Complete_Nutter

3:12pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Just makes you wonder how much lower this filth will sink.

I hope they get a visit from Karma very soon...
They were hoping for a visit from Santa, but if they read in a confused manner, it could read Satan...Lol
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Just makes you wonder how much lower this filth will sink. I hope they get a visit from Karma very soon...[/p][/quote]They were hoping for a visit from Santa, but if they read in a confused manner, it could read Satan...Lol Nowthatsworthknowing

3:23pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

In these so called hard times, I'm always amazed how much money is wasted on these simplistic, and often moronic fantasy decorations
In these so called hard times, I'm always amazed how much money is wasted on these simplistic, and often moronic fantasy decorations Nowthatsworthknowing

4:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Rochford Rob says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
In these so called hard times, I'm always amazed how much money is wasted on these simplistic, and often moronic fantasy decorations
Hard times? Hard times? I was in Summerhill garden centre the wekend - it was rammed. People spending money like it was going out of fashion.

If you can afford to spend on what you want - how is that wasteful?
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: In these so called hard times, I'm always amazed how much money is wasted on these simplistic, and often moronic fantasy decorations[/p][/quote]Hard times? Hard times? I was in Summerhill garden centre the wekend - it was rammed. People spending money like it was going out of fashion. If you can afford to spend on what you want - how is that wasteful? Rochford Rob

6:29pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Complete_Nutter says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Just makes you wonder how much lower this filth will sink.

I hope they get a visit from Karma very soon...
Probably just kids having a laugh. Infact it was probably one of the kids who this old boy was trying to 'impress'. Probably done the street a favour. Most of these decorations look tacky anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Just makes you wonder how much lower this filth will sink. I hope they get a visit from Karma very soon...[/p][/quote]Probably just kids having a laugh. Infact it was probably one of the kids who this old boy was trying to 'impress'. Probably done the street a favour. Most of these decorations look tacky anyway. Complete_Nutter

8:13pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Royr says...

Complete_Nutter

There's another name to IGNORE!!!
Complete_Nutter There's another name to IGNORE!!! Royr

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