The gifts, which had been wrapped and bagged ready to be placed under the tree on Christmas Eve and given to family and friends, were all stolen after burglars broke into a family’s home in the early hours of Tuesday morning (December 21).
The whole family, who live in Manvers Street, Worksop, are now heartbroken and with no presents to open on Christmas Day thanks to the heartless behavior of two criminals.
In a heartfelt plea for information and witnesses to come forward, mother Samantha Headland described how her two children were left in tears.
Samantha, 36 and full-time mum, said: ‘How could they ruin our Christmas for our children and invade our house like this?
“It’s so heartbreaking and it’s more the fact that they stole the kids’ presents and now they have nothing left to open.”
The family’s children, aged 11 and 12, were left crying and scared in their own home.
Samantha explained how the family also had boxes of Christmas candy and chocolate on the coffee table which she believes had also been eaten as they were broken into.
“I got up to go to the bathroom around 2:50 a.m. and heard whispers and thought it was my kids up. I knew it wasn’t my fiancé because he worked night shifts, so it was just me and my kids at home.
“I said hello and heard someone knocking and bumping into things and after saying hello I just heard them swearing and then two people ran down the back stairs.
“I then immediately went to my child’s room thinking about all sorts of things.
“I called the police straight away and the operator stayed on the phone with me the whole time, she was amazing and the cops got to my house so quickly.
“The burglars had searched the guest bedroom from top to bottom and were busy in the living room when I disturbed them.
“They took all the Christmas presents – they took every one of them.”
The family also reported that a Samsung watch, Samsung tablets, rings, a total of £110, painkillers and lateral flow tests had been carried out.
Superintendent Kevin Broadhead, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘These children were left with no gifts to open on Christmas Day after their parents worked so hard to buy them and carefully wrapped them ready to surprise them on the day of Christmas.
“No child should be left without gifts to open on the most special and festive day of the year and for it to happen so close to Christmas, it’s incredibly sad.
“People should feel safe in their own home and go to sleep without having to worry about their home being burglarized.
“Burglaries are a complete invasion of someone’s home and not only have a financial impact, but also an emotional one.
“Our officers are working hard to conduct a number of investigations into this incident, and we urge anyone who may have information to come forward to help us with our investigations.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, quoting incident number 37 of December 21, 2021.
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