Family 'devastated' by drug raid after tenant 'ransacks' home

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:13 24 June 2013

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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A FAMILY say they are 'devastated' after discovering their home had been raided by drug squads and 'ransacked' and left in a 'squalid' state by their tenant while they were abroad.

David and Sheila Jones rented their family home in Beechmount Drive, Weston, before moving to Bangkok temporarily.

But the couple and their daughter Nichola later discovered that the property had been raided by police for drugs while the couple were living abroad.

Miss Jones returned to find the house had been left in a ‘state’ by the tenant, who she alleges moved out without paying the final rent instalment and reportedly stripped the property of lightbulbs, curtain rings and a potted plant as well as ‘thousands of pounds’ worth of guitars.

She said: “The house has been trashed by the tenants who have also broken into the loft, stolen thousands of pounds worth of guitars and personal items and done a moonlight flit without paying the last rent instalments.

“Quite apart from the theft, the house has been left in a squalid state - smashed furniture, cat faeces and urine across the carpets, damage to almost every inch of the property.

“Even our family photos have been stolen from the locked loft (known by the tenants to be out of bounds to them) which is now lying in the filth the tenants left behind.

“We are not just talking about stolen lightbulbs or a blocked sink. Every single room has been ransacked by this family.

“It is absolutely gutting to see it left in such a state. I am absolutely devastated. This is our family home.

“It makes us feel particularly bad because I recently found out our elderly neighbours have had to suffer too.

“I do think that quite apart from the vandalism, you look at someone living in those conditions, with cat faeces everywhere, no furniture and things broken, those are indicators of someone who is struggling to cope.

“It would be nice to have some apology or an explanation of why.”

Spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Martin Dunscombe, said: “We are investigating a burglary which was discovered on June 4.

“Property had been stolen and the property left empty.

“We are currently conducting enquiries to identify the person responsible and would appeal for anyone with information to contact us on 101.”

Police also confirmed that a drugs raid had been carried out on the house last year based on information from the community but that no drugs were found.

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