Supermarket steps in to save Christmas for couple who had presents stolen

Posted on - 18th December, 2013 - 10:12pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fulwood, Preston News

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An elderly couple who had their Christmas shopping stolen from the boot of their car have found some festive cheer.

64-year-old Maureen and John Eastham from Longridge were shopping at Deepdale Retail Park when all the presents they had bought were pinched during a stop-off at ASDA on the way home.

The supermarket has decided to give the couple a £300 voucher to ensure they still have a good Christmas.

ASDA decided to give the gift voucher after hearing from Sgt Mike Sampson, investigating the incident, that Maureen had shopped at ASDA for 34 years.

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.

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