Essex

Christmas present theft 'devastates' Clacton couple

A couple who had all of their Christmas presents stolen from their home in Essex said they have been left "devastated" by the burglary.

The gifts, along with electrical equipment and jewellery amounting to £1,000, were taken from Kevin and Inga Vile's home in Clacton on Saturday.

Mr Vile said: "We're so angry with the situation and we're just trying to get a Christmas together now."

Essex Police said investigations were continuing and appealed for witnesses.

Mr Vile said he and his wife were "finding it difficult" to go out for fear of the thieves returning.

'No morals'

"They entered both bedrooms where there were Christmas presents wrapped up for our little nieces and nephews and my children," he said.

"They've gone through those, opened the presents and taken bits and pieces from there."

Mr Vile said he was not expecting the presents to be returned. He said they were not insured as bad health had meant the couple could not keep up payments.

He said: "I would say to the thieves: 'I hope you have a very nice Christmas on us, because you've spoilt a lot of people's Christmases already'."

Mrs Vile added: "I'm just devastated. There are so many people out there who have been brought up with no morals and it's just awful."

Investigating officer Det Con Jo Thomas said the thieves had used a ladder in the garden to gain entry to the house.

She asked people with information to call Clacton police station.

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