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Family's heartache as thieves ransack home of youngster with extremely rare condition

Thieves raided the home of a boy with an extremely rare condition Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The parents of a four-year-old boy with an extremely rare condition have been left devastated after thieves ransacked their home.

Raiders broke in through the back window of the family's North Shields home earlier this month, taking valuable items and damaging irreplaceable mementoes.

Milo has an extremely rare neuro degenerative disease, which means he can't talk or sit up by himself. He needs specialst equipment and his family moved out of their home five weeks ago while a hoist and wet room were fitted.

It is so rare it is only known as M3BHA.

Milo Browne has a rare neuro degenerative disease Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The break in happened two days before they were due to move back in.

Among the items stolen was vital medication, a specialist sound speaker, and sensory toys, most of which had been donated or bought through family fundraising.

Dad Stephen Browne said he was devastated by the theft Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Dad Stephen filmed the damage and uploaded it to Facebook where it has since had thousands of views and comments.

He said there were "no words" to describe what happened.

You could say they're heartless, people could say they're scum, but to me they've obviously got no conscience.

Any person that walked into this home, as soon as they walked into this home they could see it is for somebody who is disabled.

– Stephen Browne

A sensory room, which the public donated £20,000 to fit out, was damaged in the raid.

Police are investigating the break in as the family begin the process of tidying up and working out exactly what's been taken.

Meanwhile an online fund has been set up to help the family replace the stolen items.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Guy Morgan said: "We're investigating this incident asking for help from the community to find those responsible for this break-in.

"We'd ask if anyone has any information which could help officers to come forward."

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 240 of 16/03/17 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.