The thieves who stole Christmas
CRUEL thieves have ruined Christmas for one
local family after they stole their Festive display.
Over �400 worth of Christmas ornaments and
lights were stolen from pensioner James McDermott's home in
Rathvarna Avenue, Ballymacash, between Thursday afternoon and
Friday morning last week.
James and his wife June, who are both
disabled, had gathered the display over the years and were
looking forward to making Christmas bright and cheerful for
their 15year-old grandson.
To add to the trauma, an ambulance had to be
called for the 70-year-old after he suffered from an angina
attack as he gave police a statement about the theft.
"We were looking forward to Christmas," Mr
McDermott commented. "We spent money we haven't got to have a
nice display. "We've saved hard and built up the collection over
the years and we just wanted Christmas to be nice for our
grandson Jamie and his girlfriend Stacie.
"This has just knocked the heart out of
everything," continued Mr McDermott. "We probably won't be able
to replace everything now. I only get �64 a week and my wife and
1 are both disabled, anybody who could do this is sick.
"I suffer from serious heart trouble, I have
stents in and have had a ruptured artery. I actually took an
angina attack when the police were here and they sent for an
ambulance, they wanted me to go to the Lagan Valley but I have
to sort things here."
A police spokesman said: "A Christmas
display, including a Christmas sleigh and reindeer, a
free-standing Santa and a wall mounted climbing Santa were
stolen between 2.30pm on November 22 and 8.30am on November 23."
Anyone with information about the robbery
contact police in Lisburn on 0845-6008000 or use the
Crimestoppers number which is 0800-555111.