Worksop: Newcastle Avenue house fire victims targeted again

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A Worksop couple whose fire ravaged home was burgled whilst they were in hospital have been targeted once again.

Paul Stoner 43, and wife Tanya, 42, were left distraught when their house on Newcastle Avenue was broken into whilst they received treatment in hospital after escaping a serious fire in the early hours of Sunday 15th June.

And now a shed at the rear of the property has been targeted by cruel thieves with camping equipment and power tools taken.

“We called back to try get some belongings after the fire and we just saw the shed had been broken into,” Paul said.

“The padlock had been broken off and the door was open.”

“The back window of the shed had been broken and then someone must have climbed inside.”

“I wouldn’t like to put a price on what was stolen.”

The home is currently still boarded up and Paul and Tanya are currently staying with family.

It is estimated that the house will not be restored fully until next year.

Paul told the Guardian: “It needs a new kitchen, new bathroom, windows, doors and decorating again.”

“It also needs plastering, re-wiring, it was totalled.”

The couple were luckily rescued by firefighters from the top window of their home after an electrical fault engulfed the house in flames.

A passing ambulance alerted fire services to the scene after England football supporters who had been watching a match in the Breakers Club tried to help by forcing the front door down.

At the time, Paul said: “Three of them tried to get into the house to help and one of them hurt himself doing so.”

Paul and Tanya were in hospital for a couple of days but when they returned to the property they found that they had been burgled.

Paul added: “We think the burglary of the house took place between Sunday night after the fire and Tuesday.”

“We think the shed burglary took place between the 15th and 20th June.”

Police are continuing to investigate and have been looking at CCTV footage of the dates in questions.

Anyone with information should call 101.