AN Ashton single mum says her family’s Christmas has been ruined after their television was stolen while they were upstairs in the house.
June Wignall, 46, says she and her family are “devastated” after her Armstrong Street address was invaded on Sunday night.
June receives Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) due to mental health problems and says she isn’t insured and doesn’t have the money to replace the television.
Living at the house is 10-year-old daughter Daina-Maria, and two sons, Dean, 18 and Dale-Aaran, 27, and June said: “This is so scary, especially close to Christmas.
“Financially we can’t afford to just walk out and get another one so it has rocked the family at such an important time of year.
“This will ruin our Christmas because we’re all worried they might come back.
“The area is such a good neighbourhood that I always leave my door unlocked because I never thought we’d be burgled.”
June also says if she hadn’t gone to check the electric meter she would have been downstairs at the time.
“The weird thing was there wasn’t any noise, we didn’t hear the door slam and even the dog didn’t bark so they must have been really quick,” she said.
“I’m just so shocked and we’re scared to leave the house now in case more things are taken. Hopefully they can catch who did it and Christmas won’t be so bad.”
Police says the intruders took the silver 32 inch flat screen television while the family were upstairs at around 6pm on Sunday evening.
Officers continue to search for the culprits and ask anyone who has any information to call 101 with the crime reference SA1513922.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and leave information anonymously.