Dad’s heartbreak as thieves steal three-year-old’s vintage toys

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The father of a young boy has spoken of his anguish at having to explain to his son that he can’t play with his treasured toys after they were stolen by heartless thieves.

Sean Smith of Burnley Road, Sowerby Bridge, made the discovery that his garage had been broken into on September 22 after thieves broke a heavy duty lock to gain entry.

Along with a number of power tools, three-year-old Jacob’s sit-and-ride toys were stolen, including a John Deere yellow and green pedal tractor and trailer, a blue children’s battery powered quad bike, and a yellow classic pedal car, with registration plate JACOB1 on the back.

“When I opened the garage door everything that was carryable had gone,” said Mr Smith.

“The quad bike was bought by us and his tractor and Brum car, which is quite unique, were gifts from his grandparents.

“I have tried to explain to him that his toys have been taken by some not nice people. I don’t think he quite understands that he won’t see them again and that is more upsetting.”

Police in Sowerby Bridge are now appealing for information about the burglary which also saw thousands of pounds worth of tools stolen as well. The items were stolen between 10.30am and 1pm.

PC Dawn Sutcliffe, of the valley’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area last Tuesday morning and may have seen or heard anything suspicious to come forward.

“The toys are of great sentimental value to the three-year-old boy, with one in particular featuring a personal registration plate which would make the item very distinctive.

I would urge anyone who has seen these items for sale, been invited to buy them or has been given them as a gift to come forward.

Anyone with information should call 101.