Family’s anguish as burglars ransack home of dead relative

Police appeal after town burglary.
Police appeal after town burglary.

A WIGAN family has launched a campaign to find priceless valuables stolen when thieves ransacked their beloved uncle’s home while they were attending his funeral.

Heartbroken Claire Bennett of Worsley Mesnes was still in shock from the death of her much-loved relative when her cousins came back to his Goose Green home to discover criminals had taken keepsakes, along with jewellery and other possessions.

Among the items the heartless thieves stole were a large range of expensive Hornby model trains. These included a Stainier Black Five, Sir Nigel Gresley, Duchess of Sutherland and The Royal Scot.

Now the devastated 27-year-old has launched an online appeal in a bid to find the stolen set.

Her post on Facebook has been shared more than 2,000 times and kind-hearted strangers have stepped forward to help in her crusade.

Claire said: “I just think it’s so wrong and disrespectful to take away and steal anybody’s priceless possessions. But the fact my uncle had recently passed just makes it even more heartbreaking.

“He was a very well known and well liked man in the community and I know this will have come as a shock to many. The whole house was just ransacked.

“We have absolutely no idea who would have done such a thing and, fingers crossed, they will get caught.

“I have received so much support, it’s incredible. People are helping me by posting things on specific train sites and spreading the word, and others who I don’t even know have been in touch offering to help. I have to give the credit to a lot of people.

“The support has just been so overwhelming and hopefully with their help we will be able to recover this train set. It meant so much to my uncle.”

If anybody has any information about these trains please contact reporter Lucy Hilton at the Wigan Evening Post newsdesk on 01942 506373. Alternatively email lucy.hilton@jpress.co.uk.