Children’s Xmas presents stolen as family sleeps

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 December 2010

The Stirrup family, had their  Christmas pressnts stolen,  Claire with  Brooke and Josh,  Cornwallis Ave. Worle.

The Stirrup family, had their Christmas pressnts stolen, Claire with Brooke and Josh, Cornwallis Ave. Worle.


BURGLARS crept into a young family’s home and stole children’s Christmas presents, a car and thousands of pounds worth of other valuables while the four slept just feet away.

The Stirrup family, had their  Christmas pressnts stolen,  Claire with  Brooke and Josh,  Cornwallis Ave. Worle.

Claire Stirrup awoke in the early hours of the morning to find that thieves had forced their way into her Worle house and taken festive gifts like computer games, a scooter and bike, as well as their 37ins television, Wii console, tools, cash and her silver 
Vauxhall Zafira from outside, while her small children were upstairs.

The whole time the burglars were 
emptying their Cornwallis Avenue home, 32-year-old childminder Claire, husband Colin, aged 36 and children Brooke, aged five and two-year-old Josh, remained fast asleep a short distance from the intruders.

When they woke at 5.30am they found a virtually-bare living room, after their house had been stripped of festive treats and other valuables.

Among the items taken was a silver Sony Cyber Shot camera with their only pictures of Josh as a baby, that had not yet been developed, and photos of Colin’s dad Geoff, who died in March.

The family, which has had to pay out for new locks because of the burglary, cannot afford to replace the Christmas presents without the insurance money and it is 
looking increasingly unlikely that will now be paid before December 25.

Claire said: “My little girl wakes up now, terrified that someone might be in the house. She screams every night. If I had my way I would move, but I can’t afford it.”

Claire’s dad spotted her car dumped in Weston a few days after the November 15 burglary, but none of the other items have been recovered.

The family has just a small, portable 
television it will have to watch this 

Police this week confirmed they were looking into the burglary and released information that there have been several offences recently in North Somerset where offenders have entered homes at night and stolen car keys.

They have then taken the vehicles, which have often been found parked in residential streets in Weston and Bristol.

Anyone with information is asked to call Weston CID on 0845 456 7000.

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