Coventry & Warwickshire

Police help Coventry children after presents stolen

Coventry police officers have donated £200 raised through their tuck shop to help a family whose children's Christmas presents were stolen.

The presents had been hidden from the children at an unoccupied home in Radford, Coventry, which belonged to their grandmother, who recently died.

The burglars broke in and stole cash and the presents, including an army tank, helicopter and Spiderman toys.

A local toy shop has also donated gifts to the family from Holbrooks.

The family have three young children, including eight-year-old twin boys.

Money raised from the tuck shop at Coventry central police station is donated to a charity or to help someone in need annually, West Midlands Police said.

Sgt Richard Markham said the theft was "heartless and callous".

"We're determined to track down whoever did this and would urge anyone with information that could help to come forward," he said.

"If you know who is responsible please do the decent thing and call us before those responsible cause heartache like this for another family."

The burglary took place some time between Sunday 16 December and Tuesday 18 December.

Jewellery boxes in the house were also searched but the items belonging to the woman who died had been stored away.

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