Robbery forces family out of Weston

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 August 2012

Mr Prieto is offering a £1,000 reward to anyone with information about the burglary

Mr Prieto is offering a £1,000 reward to anyone with information about the burglary


A MAN whose home was burgled said he and his family have become so disillusioned with life in Weston that they are moving away from the resort as soon as possible.

Joseph Prieto said he had moved his family to Weston from London six years ago to give them a better quality of life, but that the burglary – where thousands of pounds worth of jewellery was taken – has proven the final straw.

He has offered a £1,000 reward for information about the raid, which happened between July 9-13.

The burglary took place at the family’s home in Coombe Road and Mr Prieto’s safe, containing documents, jewellery worth several thousand pounds and other items of sentimental value was taken, as well as his son Gregory’s Xbox games console and a laptop.

The 60-year-old said: “It was a very clean job – they didn’t break anything, and the only things that were missing were things of value.

“It’s broken my wife’s heart as some of the things that were taken were things that I had given her when she was a teenager.”

Mr Prieto said his wife Arlene, son Gregory and daughter Holly first moved to Weston six years ago.

He said: “I’ve got a lot of regrets in life, but the biggest one is coming to Weston.

“Where we lived before was not a nice area, and I wanted to move here to provide a better life for my wife and children.

“We were told that it was a lovely place to live and we used to come here in the summer.

“Where we were before no-one stole so much as a box of matches from me, but down here it has been 10 times worse.”

He said that children’s go-karts, a log fire and numerous other things had been taken from the family’s garden in the past six years.

He added: “I don’t know where they got the ‘super’ from in Weston-super-Mare.

“It has been an utter nightmare for us since we got here and we can’t wait to leave.”

A police spokesman said: “We are currently investigating a burglary at a home in Coombe Road in Weston.

“The house was broken into and some property including some money and jewellery was stolen.

“An investigation is under way and anyone with information should contact us on 101.”

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