We are appealing for information after a 70 year old woman and her 45 year old son were the victims of a burglary while their house was damaged by flooding in Irwell Vale.
The burglary happened between Tuesday 29th December and Wednesday 30th December when the victims were forced to leave their address on Meadow Park after flooding caused extensive damage to the downstairs area of their property and left them without power.
While they were away, burglars broke in though the garage window and forced entry into the kitchen through an internal door. They made their way upstairs and ransacked the property. The burglars stole around £40 in cash and a Boardman mountain bike. The mountain bike, which belonged to the son, is described as silver with black writing on it and was valued at over £1000.
PC Alan Malkin from the East Division Target Team said: “To see the damage caused by flooding alone is bad enough but it is made all the more tragic by the fact that the victims’ house was ransacked by burglars while they were away. The mountain bike meant a great deal to the victim, after he had suffered a road traffic accident the bike has been part of his physical recovery process. For past 13 years he has also taken part in a Manchester to Blackpool charity bike ride and raises around £500 for various charities every year.
“It is heart wrenching to see the impact this burglary has had on the family and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time of the burglary and may have seen anybody acting suspiciously to come forward with any information. Similarly, if anyone recognises the description of the mountain bike or has any information that might help us to recover it then please do get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference EF1512236.
Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.