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Home wrecked

DEVASTATION: property left strewn everywhere following the burglary. (NS)
DEVASTATION: property left strewn everywhere following the burglary. (NS)

A MORLEY businessman has spoken of his family’s devastation on coming home from holiday to find their home “trashed”, vehicles stolen and tens of thousands of pounds of personal property taken.

The man, who asked not to be named, has now offered a reward for the return of items taken in the raid on their Ashfield Road home on November 21.

He described their anger and upset, coming home from a family beach holiday in Thailand to a house that had been ransacked from top to bottom.

“The house was absolutely trashed,” he said.

“I am so grateful that we didn’t get to see the worst of the devastation because our friends cleared the worst of it up. We are indebted to them.”

He added: “It’s the invasion of privacy, the fact that someone has been in your property so long.”

Among the haul were items of jewellery, including an engagement ring and a distinctive pandora bracelet with a unique koala charm, and the couple’s laptops on which they had stored family photographs.

He added: “The message I want to pass on to everybody is to check your insurance, one in four people are under insured. We certainly were and are going to be £19,000 out of pocket.

“That sort of hit is hard to swallow.

“There will be a suitable reward for any information appertaining to the return of some of the more sentimental pieces of jewellery or to the successful conviction of those responsible.”

One of the stolen cars, a BMW 630i, was destroyed when the driver smashed into a stone wall on Scotchman Lane.

The owner is now appealing for anyone with information about the burglary to get in contact with the police.