Worthing family’s anger at Christmas decoration theft

Lights were stolen from Kate and Gavin Jones pictured with Elliot and Oliver ''Picture by Gerald Thompson W51111H10.
Lights were stolen from Kate and Gavin Jones pictured with Elliot and Oliver ''Picture by Gerald Thompson W51111H10.

A WORTHING mother has hit out at heartless thieves who stole the Christmas decorations her children loved.

Kate and Gavin Jones were shocked when they awoke to find their reindeer Christmas lights had been taken from outside the first-floor window of their one-year-old baby Oliver’s bedroom, in Congreve Road.

The brazen thieves had used cable cutters and a ladder to steal the lights, which were given as a present to the family earlier this month by Kate’s mother, Liz James, who found them in a shop in Liverpool.

Kate, 32, described the theft as “disgusting” and said the thieves were without morals for stealing decorations that were intended for the enjoyment of children.

She said: “Our neighbours knocked on our door and told us they thought someone had taken our reindeers.

“When we realised they’d been stolen my reaction was disappointment.

“I don’t understand why anyone would take something so small.

“They’re not worth a lot but they’re personal and unique.

“It’s such a horrible thing to do.”

Kate said the theft of the decorations, which were worth between £60 and £70, had left her six-year-old Elliot worrying about whether the thieves would return.

She said she was also concerned about how close they had been to baby Oliver.

“To think they were outside Oliver’s window scares me.

“Luckily, he’s too young to understand what happened, but Elliot is quite distressed.

“He keeps on thinking they’re going to come back.”

Kate said her mother, who lives in Liverpool, had since tried to replace the decorations but they were sold out.

She added: “Often people would walk past and children would say ‘look at those reindeer’.

“They probably won’t even be able to use them, because they cut through the wire.”

Inspector Jason Wilson said: “This is a heartless amd cowardly act by someone of low morals.

“I have asked my team to look in the area and follow up on several leads.

“In the meantime, I would ask people to be extra vigilant.”

Phone 0845 60 70 999, quoting 0356/14/10, or to phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with any information.