A bride has spoken of her heartbreak after her presents were stolen on the night of her wedding.Advertisement
Kirsty Rogerson, 33, and her husband James, 33, had spent their perfect day tying the knot at Charnock Farm, near Leyland.
But while the newlyweds, from Lostock Hall, spent their first night as man and wife, callous thieves crept into the function room and made off with their wedding presents.
Kirsty told LancsLive: “In the morning, after breakfast, me, James and his parents were loading up the car.
“My father-in-law had put the wishing well in the car and I assumed the gifts were in the car as well.
“When I got home, I realised I didn’t have the gifts and rang the venue.”
South Ribble Police have launched a CCTV appeal in a bid to catch the culprits, but Kirsty says she is disappointed in the response from their wedding venue.
She said: “They rang me on Monday to tell me what had happened.
“It was short-lived relief that it was a stranger because I was annoyed the door had been left open.
“They apologised but didn’t take ownership about what had happened.
“They spoke about how shaken up they were, as their young staff members had been in the room earlier.”
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Kirsty, a nurse at Royal Preston Hospital, returned to the venue with her mum and was offered £500 to compensate for the stolen presents.
But she told LancsLive: “That doesn’t compensate for the experience.
“I would have liked a little more empathy.
“We only got offered the £500 after I went to see them with my mum.”
David Duxbury, the owner of Charnock Farm, said: “After over eight years of hosting weddings we are in complete disbelief as to what has happened.
“This is something which has never happened before here at Charnock Farm.
“Our team of staff were on site and in the building when this awful opportunist action took place, leaving them all extremely shook up and distressed about the event.
“We are deeply saddened that someone could do such a thing on what should be the most important day of someone’s life.
“We are working closely with the police, and bride and groom to ensure the criminals are caught.
“Safeguarding actions have been put in place to ensure our customers and staffs safety so that this cannot happen again.”
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A spokesperson for South Ribble Police said: “We want to speak to the man and women in the CCTV about a theft at Charnock Farm in Leyland.
“It happened at around 3:30am on Saturday, 10th August when two people gained entry into the function room of the venue and helped themselves to a number of wedding presents which had been left for the Bride and Groom for them to collect later.
“The victims are understandably devastated.”
Anyone with information is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting log number 0158 of August 12th.