More than £1,700 raised for Northamptonshire family after thieves steal children’s Christmas presents

Police are appealing for witnesses to the burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses to the burglary

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The people of Northamptonshire have rallied round to raise more than £1,700 for a family left devastated after thieves took their Christmas presents.

Police launched an appeal for information after a large number of items were stolen from a house in Oxford Road, Corby, sometime between 8.15am and 1.15pm yesterday (Tuesday).

Within hours of the break-in, an online page was set up for donations and more than £1,700 has been donated so far.

The page, set up by Lydell Couse Murphy, says: “Today my best friend got home from work to find that her home had been burgled.

“Amongst many valuables they’d taken all the children’s Xmas pressies.

“I’m hoping to raise some funds from our friends and family that know what a devastation it will be to Kirsty and Robert not to be able to give their gorgeous children all they’ve asked Santa for.

“If you can help in any way it really would be greatly appreciated and please, please share the link.”

Donations from 77 people in the space of just 13 hours have helped raise £1,745.

A post left on the website later on said: “Thank you so much everyone for your massive generosity.

“I’m going to try and withdraw this now so Kirsty can start ordering the kids’ Christmas presents in time for Christmas, thank you all so much again.”

The donation page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/65f2ks5c?rcid=null.