Doncaster family’s plea after home ransacked during holiday

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A Doncaster family whose house was ransacked while they were away on holiday have made an emotional appeal for information.

Stephen Hughes, his wife Donna Smith, and their four children, returned from a week away on Saturday to find televisions ripped from walls, rooms torn apart and several items stolen.

Police are investigating the burglary which happened in Cromwell Drive, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, between Tuesday 17 August and 3.40pm on Saturday 31 August.

Mr Hughes is the full-time carer for his four-year-old daughter who needs round-the-clock treatment due to prolonged health problems.

He said: “It was touch and go as to whether we’d be able to go away as my daughter had been so ill in the days leading up to the holiday.

“In the end we enjoyed a lovely fortnight away, only for this to be ruined by discovering that our home had been ransacked.

“No room had been untouched and the whole house had been turned upside down, it was a devastating scene to come home to.

“My daughter’s room is full of medical equipment and is obviously home to a little girl with some serious medical problems. This makes the crime even more despicable as whoever did this has carried on regardless.

“I would urge anyone with information to contact the police.”

Among the items taken were several televisions and electrical equipment. The thieves are thought to have got inside by forcing entry through a rear window.

Detective Inspector Paul Dickinson, from Doncaster, said: “This was a despicable crime which has had devastating consequences for a family who already have extensive daily struggles to contend with.

“The callous thieves have gone through the home, room by room, pulling electrical equipment from the walls and turning out every draw. We have carried out extensive enquiries in the area and are now urging the public to come forward if they have any information.”

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 832 of 31 August, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.