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Thieves steal gifts for homeless in Doncaster

Matthew, Steph and Beth Wilkinson, two, of Old Cantley have had wrapped christmas presents stolen from their house for the annual church Christmas party for the homeless people. Picture: Andrew Roe

Matthew, Steph and Beth Wilkinson, two, of Old Cantley have had wrapped christmas presents stolen from their house for the annual church Christmas party for the homeless people. Picture: Andrew Roe

Christmas presents destined for homeless people in Doncaster have been stolen by callous thieves.

Gifts that were due to be given out at the Saint Peter-in-Chains Church annual Christmas party were taken during a raid on a volunteer’s home.

Organisers now fear the Christmas Day event could be ruined if they are not able to replace the 45 gifts, containing toiletries, gloves, hats and scarves, in time.

Matthew Wilkinson and his wife Steph were in Edinburgh when they received a call from the police to say neighbours had reported their car being stolen from their drive in Old Cantley.

After returning early from the trip the couple were devastated to find the thieves had also taken the gifts.

Mr Wilkinson said: “The people responsible have stolen from people who have nothing, this was just one small thing to brighten up their Christmas and this has definitely ruined that.

“We had taken the presents to our house to wrap up and we are devastated that someone has taken them.”

Mr Wilkinson’s car has since been recovered but the presents are still missing.

One of the party organiser’s George Carr said: “The monetary value of these presents won’t be a great deal but it’s something we do every year and it means a lot to the homeless people.

“I’m just hoping whoever is responsible may read this and it may prick their conscience and they will return the presents.”

The presents were due to be given out as part of the service at the church in Chequer Road, Hyde Park. Organisers, who also provide a three-course meal are hoping if the gifts are not returned residents will rally round and help.

A police spokesman said investigations were continuing.

People can leave gifts or money at the priest’s house building behind the church between 10am and 4pm.

 

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