Thieves steal Farnworth baby's money

Victoria Kilroy and her partner, Jack Entwistle, with their children, Lillie, aged 20 months, and baby Laila

Victoria Kilroy and her partner, Jack Entwistle, with their children, Lillie, aged 20 months, and baby Laila

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BURGLARS ransacked a family home and stole money given to young parents to celebrate the birth of their daughter.

Thieves broke into the house and stole cash given to Victoria Kilroy and Jack Entwistle following the birth of their daughter Laila Entwistle, who is now two weeks old.

Miss Kilroy said she is now terrified of being in her home in Grasmere Avenue, Farnworth.

The new parents, both aged 24, who also have a 20-month-old daughter, Lillie, had accidentally left the back door of their terraced home unlocked.

Burglars got in and went on a rampage. They ransacked the kitchen and living room, looking for items to steal, smashed a glass and knocked framed family photographs on to the floor.

They fled after stealing £110, which was hidden in the living room and had been given to the couple following Laila’s birth.

Miss Kilroy, a care assistant, said: “I couldn’t believe it had happened. I was in shock when Jack told me.

“It upset me more that it was baby’s money and that somebody has been in my house. They trashed the kids’ stuff and they aren’t bothered. I can’t feel safe in our own home.

“They have just got lucky, but it could have been a lot worse — we are lucky in that sense.”

The couple believe their pet dog, who was in the hallway by the front door, acted as a deterrent to the burglars and prevented them from going into another room.

Miss Kilroy said: “It has put a downer on my maternity leave, but I won’t let it ruin my time with my girls. I am not going to give them the satisfaction.”

The couple have lived in the house for nearly two years without any problems.

The burglary happened last Monday between 4.30pm and 5.45pm.

Mr Entwistle, a forklift truck driver, discovered the damage and the theft when he returned from his mother’s house, also in Farnworth, with Lillie.

He phoned Miss Kilroy, who was at a Morris Dancing class, to tell her what happened.

The couple have now vowed to always check their doors and windows are locked — and are urging other families to do the same.

The burglar is thought to have scrambled over hedges or a shed to get into their garden, which is overlooked by neighbouring homes.

The burglary has been reported to police and a forensics team has been to the couple’s home to look for clues.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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10:21am Tue 26 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

Burglars need taking out of society permanently, If somebody has no money and his hungry just walk round a supermarket eating stuff.
Burglars need taking out of society permanently, If somebody has no money and his hungry just walk round a supermarket eating stuff. Wolfie190
  • Score: -5

12:18pm Tue 26 Aug 14

giraffe89 says...

Karma.
Karma. giraffe89
  • Score: -23

1:06pm Tue 26 Aug 14

lily says...

So sorry to hear of this situation . It's hard enough for young parents today and I note that they are both working trying their best to bring up their children. The scum that did this were probably after drug money.
Keep all doors firmly locked . I do even when we are indoors.
Hope family and good friends help to replace baby's money.
So sorry to hear of this situation . It's hard enough for young parents today and I note that they are both working trying their best to bring up their children. The scum that did this were probably after drug money. Keep all doors firmly locked . I do even when we are indoors. Hope family and good friends help to replace baby's money. lily
  • Score: 14

2:30pm Tue 26 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

The couple have now vowed to always check their doors and windows are locked — and are urging other families to do the same.



I live in Farnworth, and you cant shut your Windows without trapping someones fingers!!

Dispicable act to anyone, let alone a young family with small children.
I hope the Scum who did it, get whats coming to them.
The couple have now vowed to always check their doors and windows are locked — and are urging other families to do the same. I live in Farnworth, and you cant shut your Windows without trapping someones fingers!! Dispicable act to anyone, let alone a young family with small children. I hope the Scum who did it, get whats coming to them. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 15

2:51pm Tue 26 Aug 14

melloj says...

That's the sob story they'll give in court if caught, that they are hopeless drug addicts. But it's just an excuse. I've always said that burglars are malicious, why smash family photographs????? They do it out of hate. It's a hate crime imo. Burglars are just plain bad. And should be dealt with harshly. Any sob story about drugs should be disregarded.
That's the sob story they'll give in court if caught, that they are hopeless drug addicts. But it's just an excuse. I've always said that burglars are malicious, why smash family photographs????? They do it out of hate. It's a hate crime imo. Burglars are just plain bad. And should be dealt with harshly. Any sob story about drugs should be disregarded. melloj
  • Score: 17

7:15pm Tue 26 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
Burglars need taking out of society permanently, If somebody has no money and his hungry just walk round a supermarket eating stuff.
Pretty sure that's theft !

And do you think burglars are doing it because they are hungry ? no mention of them going in the fridge !
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: Burglars need taking out of society permanently, If somebody has no money and his hungry just walk round a supermarket eating stuff.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure that's theft ! And do you think burglars are doing it because they are hungry ? no mention of them going in the fridge ! JustBecause
  • Score: 0

11:58pm Tue 26 Aug 14

commonsense73 says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
The couple have now vowed to always check their doors and windows are locked — and are urging other families to do the same.



I live in Farnworth, and you cant shut your Windows without trapping someones fingers!!

Dispicable act to anyone, let alone a young family with small children.
I hope the Scum who did it, get whats coming to them.
I love the way u have worded that i couldnt have written it any better.x
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: The couple have now vowed to always check their doors and windows are locked — and are urging other families to do the same. I live in Farnworth, and you cant shut your Windows without trapping someones fingers!! Dispicable act to anyone, let alone a young family with small children. I hope the Scum who did it, get whats coming to them.[/p][/quote]I love the way u have worded that i couldnt have written it any better.x commonsense73
  • Score: 3

10:44am Wed 27 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

JustBecause wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote:
Burglars need taking out of society permanently, If somebody has no money and his hungry just walk round a supermarket eating stuff.
Pretty sure that's theft !

And do you think burglars are doing it because they are hungry ? no mention of them going in the fridge !
I'm just stating what I would do I dont steal off anybody I wasnt brought up that way but if I had no money and was hungry I wouldnt think twice about helping myself in a supermarket I would probably target a rip off one like Tesco or Sainsbury's. You dont get in trouble for shoplifting.
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: Burglars need taking out of society permanently, If somebody has no money and his hungry just walk round a supermarket eating stuff.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure that's theft ! And do you think burglars are doing it because they are hungry ? no mention of them going in the fridge ![/p][/quote]I'm just stating what I would do I dont steal off anybody I wasnt brought up that way but if I had no money and was hungry I wouldnt think twice about helping myself in a supermarket I would probably target a rip off one like Tesco or Sainsbury's. You dont get in trouble for shoplifting. Wolfie190
  • Score: 0
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