Elderly couple receive early present after Christmas gifts stolen from car @lancspolice

Thanks to the community spirit of Fulwood police and generous staff at a local supermarket, an elderly couple, who had all their Christmas gifts stolen from the boot of their car, have been given a £300 gift voucher by ASDA, Fulwood, to ensure they still have a good Christmas.

Sixty four year old Maureen and John Eastham from Longridge had spent the day Christmas shopping at Deepdale Retail Park to buy presents for all their family. On their way home, they stopped off at ASDA Fulwood to pick up some food.

However on return to their car, whilst the car and boot was still locked, all the presents had been stolen and the boot completely empty.

On investigating the incident and hearing that Maureen had shopped at ASDA for 34 years, Sgt Mike Sampson decided to approach ASDA to see if there was anything they could do to help the couple.

ASDA store manager Yenna Levack-Venn says: “When Sgt Mike Sampson came to see us, we didn’t hesitate in offering our help. It’s all about good will at this time of year. Mr and Mrs Eastham were obviously distressed about the incident and we wanted to make sure this didn’t spoil their Christmas, by offering them the value of the goods.”

Sgt Mike Sampson added: “We’d like to say a big thank you to ASDA. This is a prime time for buying presents and it’s important to reiterate to shoppers to remain vigilant when leaving valuables in their car.”

The couple’s car was a Ford Mondeo and the incident happened around 10pm on Monday 16 December. There were still several customer cars on the car park. Police are now appealing to anyone who might have seen someone acting suspiciously or who might have any information about the incident to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.