Christmas treats on hold after burglary

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A SINGLE mother’s Christmas with her little ones has been left in doubt after her savings were stolen by crooks.

Thieves burgled the home of Tracey Backhouse in the early hours of Monday morning while she and her children, six-year-old Makenzie and two-year-old Macie slept upstairs.

Around £300 of Christmas savings, a watch worth £1,000, and wages taken from her purse were stolen from the property in Teesdale, Hemel Hempstead.

The 26-year-old said: “I haven’t got a clue what I’m going to do.

“I’ve been saving for months, and my kids are going to get what they can now that the money isn’t there.

“I’m more shocked and upset than anything... that things were taken while my kids were asleep upstairs.

“The money was hidden away in a money box in a kitchen cupboard.

“Not only did they take the money, but I kept a lock of my daughter’s hair from her first haircut in the money box which had sentimental value.

“There was no sign of entry which is worrying, it’s not clear how they got in my home.”

The crooks also took winning scratchcards and cigarettes, but left behind the key to the money box.

Police are investigating the incident, and it is thought thieves could have gained entry to the house any time during the night before 7.30am.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Det Con Deborah Keating on the non-emergency number 101 citing crime reference number D1/11/7362.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.