Disabled pensioner ‘devastated’ by shed break-in

Jack Docker (79) has been left devastated by a break-in at his shed off Messenger Street in Nelson.
Jack Docker (79) has been left devastated by a break-in at his shed off Messenger Street in Nelson.
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A disabled Nelson pensioner has claimed there is “no decency” in people any more after his shed was raided by thieves.

Garden tools and machinery worth £1,300 were stolen from Jack Docker’s shed at his allotment opposite his Messenger Street home overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

Items stolen included a lawn mower, rotivator, strimmer, compressor, bolt croppers, drill bits and a generator.

The 79-year-old, who has suffered three strokes, is heartbroken that his small-scale garden furniture business faces ruin off the back off the break-in which he discovered when he went to feed his chickens.

Mr Docker said: “I’m devastated. I’m having to use my savings or what little of them I’ve got to replace the tools.

“They’ve gone from my shed overnight. I didn’t see a thing. It’s right opposite my house but I can’t see my shed now since the trees have grown.

“They won’t be returned. They don’t care. It’s 2015, people don’t do things like this these days. Nobody has any decency any more.

“I have a £500 a month pension and don’t get any disability allowance so £1,300 is going to take a bit of catching up.”

PC 1018 Victoria Beverley, of Burnley Police, said: “This burglary has had a huge impact on the victim and the culprits must not realise what damage they have caused to him.

“He kept his sheds meticulously tidy and used his tools to make wooden furniture and grow his own vegetables. The stolen items weren’t just tools to him, they were his life.

“We are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time of the burglary, or anyone who may have come across the stolen tools to contact us.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting crime reference EG1503143 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.