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Callous thieves steal kids' presents from under the tree

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Callous burglars left a young family devastated after stealing presents from under their Christmas tree.

The thieves swiped more than 20 wrapped presents and other valuables as the family slept upstairs.

Nine-year-old Bailey Newton discovered the theft when he woke at 6.30am on Sunday morning.

The burglary happened during the early hours as Bailey, his six-year-old sister Isabel and their parents Rebecca, 33, and Neil, 49, were sleeping upstairs at their home on Monton Avenue in Monton, Salford.

The thieves had taken about 20 gifts from under the tree which had been wrapped up ready to give to relatives.

Among the presents were bottles of booze, chocolates, a lipstick, mugs, a jigsaw and hand cream.

The thieves also took Isabel’s Kindle Fire tablet, which had been charging on a dresser in the living room, and Neil’s ‘Giant’ hybrid bike which was in a back room.

The family has now learned their insurance won’t pay out as the thieves had come in through an unlocked front door.

The family had been to a pantomime on Saturday night and had forgotten to lock the door when they went to bed on Saturday night.

Police have warned the crime is part of a sharp rise in burglaries in Monton, Barton and Eccles in the last week.

Rebecca, an occupational health nurse, said:

It’s terrifying. We’ve hardly slept since it happened. We don’t feel safe in our own home. We don’t feel secure.

They must have been in here literally seconds and swiped whatever they could grab. It’s just devastating. It’s affected everyone really.

Christmas had been sorted really. We’ll just have to start all over again. The presents under the tree weren’t of very much value. We’ll have to replace them but obviously it’s going to be financially quite tough.

– Rebecca Newton

Her daughter has been ‘particularly upset’ at the theft of her tablet, said Rebecca, adding:

It’s affected everyone really but my little girl is really upset. She was crying for hours after it happened.

– Rebecca Newton

Isabel found it difficult to sleep at home and so has been sent to stay with her grandmother.

PCSO Tracey Welsh described the family as ‘devastated’.