Family’s Christmas ruined by thieves

Stephanie Hallewell with the shed which was broken into
Stephanie Hallewell with the shed which was broken into

A GRIEVING woman has said her family will not be able to have a Christmas this year after thieves stole their festive decorations and her late grandfather’s tools.

Stephanie Hallewell, 31, lives in Croxden Way with her mum Yvonne, 17-year-old brother Jon and eight-year-old daughter Rebecca.

In April this year Stephanie lost her grandfather David Hallewell after a long illness following a severe stroke.

She says the family is still grieving, so when thieves broke in to the garden shed on Saturday night (November 27) and stole his tools, the family were ‘devastated’.

Stephanie said, “We didn’t have a Christmas last year because grandad was so ill.

“We spent most of our Christmas with him in hospital in Worthing.

“The whole family is still grieving and now someone has taken his tools - they mean nothing to the person who took them but they were memories to my mum.”

The family also had their Christmas tree and other decorations stolen. Stephanie says they will struggle to afford new decorations.

“My eight-year-old daughter is gutted that the decorations have gone,” said Stephanie.

“She has been crying and she said, ‘we are not going to have a Christmas this year are we?’.

“I have told her we will try to do our best.”

Stephanie says she wants those responsible to understand the upset they have caused the family.

The family is now appealing for the thieves to return the items to the garden or shed anonymously.