Family thanks the neighbours who saved Christmas

(left to right) Gary Smith with Kyle Smith (10),  Skye Smith (8) and Debby Murphy ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143604-7948)
(left to right) Gary Smith with Kyle Smith (10), Skye Smith (8) and Debby Murphy ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143604-7948)
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KINDHEARTED neighbours came to the rescue after burglars stole a family’s Christmas presents and food.

Debby Murphy, from Green Crescent, in Gosport, was devastated when she woke up to see all of the presents under the tree were missing.

But neighbours and friends in Bridgemary rallied round with donations of gifts for the children, food and drink and the family were able to enjoy a lovely Christmas dinner and some small presents.

Debby said: ‘We want to thank every single person who helped us from the bottom of our hearts.

‘Family, friends, neighbours and businesses helped us out.

‘We got loads of food donations and people gave us presents for the children so the response was amazing.

‘But we were determined to not let the person who did this ruin our Christmas.’

Ms Murphy, who lives with her partner Gary and his two young children, added that it was difficult explaining to them what had happened on Tuesday.

‘The night it happened, we had taken a picture of the tree with the presents because the kids could not believe how much they had,’ she said.

‘So the next day, when they woke up, we couldn’t lie to them.

‘But they were really great. Mr Smith’s eight-year-old daughter Skye said that she didn’t mind because she knew how much we had bought them.

He said: ‘That is what hurt. We didn’t care that we had our presents stolen too. I was hurt that the kids had nothing.’

Debby also wants to remind other people to be vigilant.

She added: ‘We want people to read this story and make sure they check their doors and get double locks.

‘Especially people now have all their presents, people need to be vigilant.’

Presents stolen included two Frozen dolls, Lego, Yankee candles, Converse shoes and Nike clothing.

A collection of 120 ornamental Cherished and Beau bears were also stolen which Debby collected and wanted to pass on to her granddaughter Miley.

An acoustic guitar which was blue, Frozen-themed and only available in America, which had been bought from Amazon was also taken.

A spokesman from Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘The theft happened in the early hours of Tuesday, December 23 between midnight and 6.15am.

Call PC Phillip Woodfield at Fareham police station on 101, quoting 44140455603.