Thieves ruin Bury family's Christmas by ransacking their home and stealing their presents

This Is Lancashire: Michelle, partner Leon and son Reece after the break-in Michelle, partner Leon and son Reece after the break-in

THIEVES have left a Bury family heartbroken after they ransacked their home and took thousands of pounds worth of Christmas presents and valuables.

Mum-of-two Michelle Longden and her partner Leon Cowley came back home from purchasing their last festive gifts in Bury on Saturday to discover their house had been torn apart.

Opportunist burglars looted the couple’s Vernon Street home between 3pm and 5.15pm after a window at the rear of the property was left slightly ajar.

The burglars ripped the wrapping paper from presents for sons Reece, aged nine, and Connor, aged 15, that were hidden in Michelle’s room, and snatched valuables from around the house.

After ransacking her room, they made off with two laptops, a PlayStation, an iPod, a Wii U console, an iPhone, video games, clothes and aftershave.

Teaching assistant Michelle, aged 32, and postman Leon, aged 34, are now picking up the pieces but are not able to claim on home insurance for any of the items stolen.

Reece, who has special needs caused by congenital myotonic dystrophy and hydrocephalus, has been left deeply distressed by the burglary.

Michelle said: “Reece wouldn’t come in the house for ages. He can’t understand why somebody would do this. It has really shaken him up.”

Irreplaceable items cherished by Michelle including solid silver keepsakes, a gold locket with baby pictures and a gold bracelet engraved with ‘Mum’ were also taken.

Michelle continued: “It is absolutely heartbreaking. We have lived here nearly 12 years and nothing like this has happened before, so I would urge everyone to be vigilant.

“These people are opportunists and it was so easy for them to strike.

“They just took the chance and so destroyed someone else’s Christmas.

“Now I keep thinking what if the same thing happens to anybody else.”

Michelle added: “I have just got a new job, so we thought we could treat the children this year.

“I love Christmas and have always been a big kid but now I just keep getting upset.” Michelle also had her handbag stolen, with its contents emptied out on to the floor and strewn across the living room.

A neighbour had spotted two men with hoods up knocking on Michelle’s door at around 4pm before knocking the door of mum and next-door-neighbour Elaine Longden’s house.

Elaine’s shed was also broken into on Saturday afternoon although nothing of value was taken.

The thieves were believed to have been working on foot because no large bulky items such as televisions were stolen.

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3:33pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Mr. Marcus says...

Thousands of pounds of goods stolen?
The people should insure their property.
If I upset some people on this posting, we live in a free, democratic, country.
Thousands of pounds of goods stolen? The people should insure their property. If I upset some people on this posting, we live in a free, democratic, country. Mr. Marcus

8:57pm Fri 20 Dec 13

xBuryGirlx says...

Mr. Marcus wrote:
Thousands of pounds of goods stolen?
The people should insure their property.
If I upset some people on this posting, we live in a free, democratic, country.
Do you read anything or does your nasty tongue run away with you every time? Or are you just thick? They have insurance but cannot claim on it as they left a window open. I really hope Santa brings you a woman this year as you're getting worse maybe a quick fumble will do you good
[quote][p][bold]Mr. Marcus[/bold] wrote: Thousands of pounds of goods stolen? The people should insure their property. If I upset some people on this posting, we live in a free, democratic, country.[/p][/quote]Do you read anything or does your nasty tongue run away with you every time? Or are you just thick? They have insurance but cannot claim on it as they left a window open. I really hope Santa brings you a woman this year as you're getting worse maybe a quick fumble will do you good xBuryGirlx

12:38pm Mon 23 Dec 13

buckfeed17 says...

xBuryGirlx wrote:
Mr. Marcus wrote: Thousands of pounds of goods stolen? The people should insure their property. If I upset some people on this posting, we live in a free, democratic, country.
Do you read anything or does your nasty tongue run away with you every time? Or are you just thick? They have insurance but cannot claim on it as they left a window open. I really hope Santa brings you a woman this year as you're getting worse maybe a quick fumble will do you good
haha, xburygirlx rules
[quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr. Marcus[/bold] wrote: Thousands of pounds of goods stolen? The people should insure their property. If I upset some people on this posting, we live in a free, democratic, country.[/p][/quote]Do you read anything or does your nasty tongue run away with you every time? Or are you just thick? They have insurance but cannot claim on it as they left a window open. I really hope Santa brings you a woman this year as you're getting worse maybe a quick fumble will do you good[/p][/quote]haha, xburygirlx rules buckfeed17

7:13am Tue 24 Dec 13

xBuryGirlx says...

buckfeed17 wrote:
xBuryGirlx wrote:
Mr. Marcus wrote: Thousands of pounds of goods stolen? The people should insure their property. If I upset some people on this posting, we live in a free, democratic, country.
Do you read anything or does your nasty tongue run away with you every time? Or are you just thick? They have insurance but cannot claim on it as they left a window open. I really hope Santa brings you a woman this year as you're getting worse maybe a quick fumble will do you good
haha, xburygirlx rules
Thanks Buckfeed17, he never has anything nice to say!
[quote][p][bold]buckfeed17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xBuryGirlx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr. Marcus[/bold] wrote: Thousands of pounds of goods stolen? The people should insure their property. If I upset some people on this posting, we live in a free, democratic, country.[/p][/quote]Do you read anything or does your nasty tongue run away with you every time? Or are you just thick? They have insurance but cannot claim on it as they left a window open. I really hope Santa brings you a woman this year as you're getting worse maybe a quick fumble will do you good[/p][/quote]haha, xburygirlx rules[/p][/quote]Thanks Buckfeed17, he never has anything nice to say! xBuryGirlx

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