Birthday bash burgled
Yobs scrawled obscene messages on the toilet wall at
a Helmdon home during a burglary in which they also stole
the family hamster Phoebe.
They entered the house in Station Road some time between 8pm
and 11pm on Saturday, April 29, as more than 60 people celebrated
Emma Griffiths's sixteenth birthday.
While there they ransacked bedrooms and stole a host of jewellery,
Easter eggs, purses and handbags of both the family and guests.
And their visit traumatised Emma's little brother three-year-old
James Gordon, so much he now tours the house locking doors
and asks dad Andy if the "bad man is coming back".
Emma's Mum sally Gordon said: "We had my daughter's sixteenth
birthday party in the garden and about 60 people were here.
"Everyone had a lovely time, all behaving themselves
and there was a really nice atmosphere.
"Then at ten o'clock two girls couldn't find their handbags
so we stopped the party to look for them. We couldn't find
them but we just thought they'd left them in the garden and
we'd find them in the morning.
" Everybody left at about 11 o'clock. A few of us stayed
up and as we were going to bed at about one o'clock I noticed
Phoebe's cage was missing.
"I just thought one of the kids had moved her upstairs
out of harm's way but when my daughter Rosie went to look
in her bedroom she found it had been ransacked."
Phoebe was 11-year-old Rosie's pet and the family now hopes
someone has information so they can recover the brown and
white rodent along with all their other belongings.
Sally added "The police said they'd never heard of anyone
stealing a hamster in a cage before."
The plastic hamster house had a pink base and a clear lid.
Other missing items include watches, rings and mobile phones
but the family is still discovering more missing belongings.
Helmdon Parish Council member and village Neighbourhood Watch
co-ordinator Cllr David Brookhouse said: "It's horrific
that people would do such a thing. It must be absolutely gutting
for the family to know that somebody's been in and rifled
through the house, through their drawers and nicked their
private possessions when they were enjoying a party.
"You read about these things happening in towns and hear
about them in the headlines of newspapers and television but
you never think it's going to happen in your village do you?"
Anyone with information can call Towcester Police on (08453)
700700 or Crimestoppers in confidence on (0800) 555111.
The Brackley Post - 5th May 2006