Family’s anguish over burglary

DISTRAUGHT: Louise Cairns, Niall Poulter and children have launched an appeal after they were burgled

DISTRAUGHT: Louise Cairns, Niall Poulter and children have launched an appeal after they were burgled

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A MOTHER who had laptops and a digital camera stolen during a night time burglary has pleaded with the thieves to hand them in – because they contain precious family photos.

Louise Cairns’ house in Shirecroft Road, Westham, Weymouth, was raided as the family – her partner Niall Poulter, her 11-year-old son William and her three-year-old daughter Eleanor, slept upstairs.

Two laptops, an Alienware and a Dell, a Fuji digital camera, a Samsung touch-screen phone, jewellery and cash were all stolen, with police believing the thieves gained access through an unlocked kitchen door between 12.45am and 8am last Sunday.

William suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Eleanor suffers from severe allergies which require constant treatment, and Miss Cairns said the camera and laptops contained special family photos.

Miss Cairns said: “Everything they touched they took, but they will be lucky to get anything for them because they aren’t worth much in terms of money but they mean so much to me.

“It’s just horrible, why would someone do something so awful?

“The fact that they came into my home where my children were in bed has horrified me.

“It has left me feeling so shaken and paranoid, every time I leave the house I have to come back and triple check that the doors and windows are all locked.

“Before it was taken, I always thought it was just stuff, I didn’t realise how important it all was.

“I don’t care about the money side of things, the laptops are replaceable and so is the camera, it’s just I will never see those pictures again.

“I can’t afford a reward because I have to care for my daughter round-the-clock so my partner earns the money, but I just want the pictures back.

“My heart has been broken.”

PC Dave Thorne, of Weymouth police, has appealed for witnesses following the incident.

PC Thorne said: “This crime is very upsetting for the victims – especially to know that someone was in their house uninvited while they were asleep.

“I am appealing for anybody who has information that could help the investigation to contact the police soon as possible.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered similar items for sale in strange circumstances or for unusually low prices.

“I would also like to stress the importance of keeping your property secure even when you are at home.”

For crime prevention advice please visit crimeprevention.dorset.police.uk

To contact the police, ring 101 and quote the crime number C14:D29:450

In the dark

MISS Cairns also said Dorset County Council’s decision to turn off the streetlights during the night had aided the thieves.
She added: “It’s just idiocy that the streetlights are turned off. The dark allows people who want to steal things a cover of darkness. I feel absolutely frustrated.”
A spokesman for Dorset County Council said: “The part-burn streetlight project is expected to save 20 per cent from the council’s energy bills. The cost for lighting our 42,000 street lights is about £1.87 million annually – so part-burn street lights could lead to a significant saving, as well as reducing the county’s carbon footprint.
“Switch off is between 1am and 6.30am. With the good weather we are currently seeing this means the dark is only a couple of hours.
If residents have any concerns they can find more information on www.dorsetfor you.com/partnightlighting

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6:40am Sat 26 Jul 14

Rocket dog3 says...

I felt terrible reading what's happened to this family I do hope they get back what's there's, come on scumbags give back what's not yours I hope whoever did this feels awful and gives there priceless possessions back soon
I felt terrible reading what's happened to this family I do hope they get back what's there's, come on scumbags give back what's not yours I hope whoever did this feels awful and gives there priceless possessions back soon Rocket dog3
  • Score: 14

7:58am Sat 26 Jul 14

deco1935 says...

A dreadful thing to happen as we well know. However, to blame the council for putting out the street lights when the kitchen door was apparently left unlocked does seem to be unfair.
A dreadful thing to happen as we well know. However, to blame the council for putting out the street lights when the kitchen door was apparently left unlocked does seem to be unfair. deco1935
  • Score: 66

8:51am Sat 26 Jul 14

K9 says...

Anyone else with photos that are not backed up...

Owning a couple of laptops suggests Internet access. Registering for a Google+ account or similar lets one upload lots of photos for them to store for free. They can then also be shared with selected friends and family on an individual photo or album basis, and accessed from the various devices you have. If you have a really big number of of photos then you might have to start paying them, but you don't have to give payment details just to get your free allowance.
Anyone else with photos that are not backed up... Owning a couple of laptops suggests Internet access. Registering for a Google+ account or similar lets one upload lots of photos for them to store for free. They can then also be shared with selected friends and family on an individual photo or album basis, and accessed from the various devices you have. If you have a really big number of of photos then you might have to start paying them, but you don't have to give payment details just to get your free allowance. K9
  • Score: 19

9:11am Sat 26 Jul 14

Brinboy says...

K9 wrote:
Anyone else with photos that are not backed up...

Owning a couple of laptops suggests Internet access. Registering for a Google+ account or similar lets one upload lots of photos for them to store for free. They can then also be shared with selected friends and family on an individual photo or album basis, and accessed from the various devices you have. If you have a really big number of of photos then you might have to start paying them, but you don't have to give payment details just to get your free allowance.
My thought as well as soon as I read this. In addition to Google + there are many other sites. Dropbox, Truprint, Photobox, Microsoft Drive and I am sure many other I don't know. All give about 5-6 GB of free storage. Between them enough for most families.
By the way the thieves are scum
[quote][p][bold]K9[/bold] wrote: Anyone else with photos that are not backed up... Owning a couple of laptops suggests Internet access. Registering for a Google+ account or similar lets one upload lots of photos for them to store for free. They can then also be shared with selected friends and family on an individual photo or album basis, and accessed from the various devices you have. If you have a really big number of of photos then you might have to start paying them, but you don't have to give payment details just to get your free allowance.[/p][/quote]My thought as well as soon as I read this. In addition to Google + there are many other sites. Dropbox, Truprint, Photobox, Microsoft Drive and I am sure many other I don't know. All give about 5-6 GB of free storage. Between them enough for most families. By the way the thieves are scum Brinboy
  • Score: 12

10:53am Sat 26 Jul 14

echo-reader says...

perhaps they can get a free laptop with the extra money they must receive for having a child with adhd , a extra £50 per week i believe
perhaps they can get a free laptop with the extra money they must receive for having a child with adhd , a extra £50 per week i believe echo-reader
  • Score: -16

10:56am Sat 26 Jul 14

echo-reader says...

plus echo , if i was robbed the last thought going through my mind is , (1) phone polieport crime (2) phone echo to get my family looking really sad and lost (3) hy leave your door open in a poor lit area of any nieghbourhood ,
i would check there garage or the attic ,
plus echo , if i was robbed the last thought going through my mind is , (1) phone polieport crime (2) phone echo to get my family looking really sad and lost (3) hy leave your door open in a poor lit area of any nieghbourhood , i would check there garage or the attic , echo-reader
  • Score: 14

11:19am Sat 26 Jul 14

jaywey78 says...

Go to cash generator, the items will no doubt turn up in there.
Go to cash generator, the items will no doubt turn up in there. jaywey78
  • Score: 22

11:31am Sat 26 Jul 14

caapprentice says...

Everyone with photos and other important data should save the data on an external usb hard drive (a 1tb drive can be bought for around £50) and keep the drive in a secure place away from their computer or laptop. This can also be used for storing photos from a digital camera.
Everyone with photos and other important data should save the data on an external usb hard drive (a 1tb drive can be bought for around £50) and keep the drive in a secure place away from their computer or laptop. This can also be used for storing photos from a digital camera. caapprentice
  • Score: 15

11:36am Sat 26 Jul 14

southwellman says...

Its a shame they have been robbed.. But why has the disorders of the kids raised?
Its a shame they have been robbed.. But why has the disorders of the kids raised? southwellman
  • Score: 57

2:04pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Hippyhooker says...

echo-reader wrote:
plus echo , if i was robbed the last thought going through my mind is , (1) phone polieport crime (2) phone echo to get my family looking really sad and lost (3) hy leave your door open in a poor lit area of any nieghbourhood ,
i would check there garage or the attic ,
Written by somebody who has never experienced a burglary, and regarding your earlier comment about them getting extra money for a child with a disability that makes you worse than the scum who carried out the burglary to even think they would want a child with a disability just so they can have a laptop.
[quote][p][bold]echo-reader[/bold] wrote: plus echo , if i was robbed the last thought going through my mind is , (1) phone polieport crime (2) phone echo to get my family looking really sad and lost (3) hy leave your door open in a poor lit area of any nieghbourhood , i would check there garage or the attic ,[/p][/quote]Written by somebody who has never experienced a burglary, and regarding your earlier comment about them getting extra money for a child with a disability that makes you worse than the scum who carried out the burglary to even think they would want a child with a disability just so they can have a laptop. Hippyhooker
  • Score: -12

4:54pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

We have been robbed although it was a while ago now, and the feeling is awful - particularly when you have kids and you think anything could happen. Your so vunerable when your asleep, but in this hot weather the temptation is to leave doors and windows open.
Telling criminals that you have treasured possessions on the computers is a waste of time - they have no conscience. Probably better to say you are supporters of a major football club or keep dangerous dog breeds to get their sympathy. Total filth of humanity.
For future get a small server like a personal cloud hard disk that will backup everything away from your main work area - sit it next to the incoming line. Invaluable and cheap these days.
We have been robbed although it was a while ago now, and the feeling is awful - particularly when you have kids and you think anything could happen. Your so vunerable when your asleep, but in this hot weather the temptation is to leave doors and windows open. Telling criminals that you have treasured possessions on the computers is a waste of time - they have no conscience. Probably better to say you are supporters of a major football club or keep dangerous dog breeds to get their sympathy. Total filth of humanity. For future get a small server like a personal cloud hard disk that will backup everything away from your main work area - sit it next to the incoming line. Invaluable and cheap these days. Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: 6

12:12am Sun 27 Jul 14

Equilibrium says...

When people have their house entered and stolen from, they are burgled, not robbed. I even see newspapers wrongly reporting people being robbed when they mean burgled. Drives me mad, sorry.
When people have their house entered and stolen from, they are burgled, not robbed. I even see newspapers wrongly reporting people being robbed when they mean burgled. Drives me mad, sorry. Equilibrium
  • Score: 17

8:47am Sun 27 Jul 14

every user name was taken says...

echo-reader wrote:
perhaps they can get a free laptop with the extra money they must receive for having a child with adhd , a extra £50 per week i believe
At a recent sports day event at a Portland school I was amazed to overhear a mother telling another women that her 5 children suffer from adhd and her husband has also just been diagnosed with the disorder. £300 pew week on top of there other benefits.
[quote][p][bold]echo-reader[/bold] wrote: perhaps they can get a free laptop with the extra money they must receive for having a child with adhd , a extra £50 per week i believe[/p][/quote]At a recent sports day event at a Portland school I was amazed to overhear a mother telling another women that her 5 children suffer from adhd and her husband has also just been diagnosed with the disorder. £300 pew week on top of there other benefits. every user name was taken
  • Score: 23

9:10am Sun 27 Jul 14

every user name was taken says...

I have just seen the price for the Alienware computers. That is one very expensive gaming toy.
I have just seen the price for the Alienware computers. That is one very expensive gaming toy. every user name was taken
  • Score: 15

10:30am Sun 27 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Most likely wont get any insurance pay out as they have admitted in the press that access was gained through an unlocked back door.
Any excuse for insurance not to pay out as their valuables were not being kept safe.
Most likely wont get any insurance pay out as they have admitted in the press that access was gained through an unlocked back door. Any excuse for insurance not to pay out as their valuables were not being kept safe. burgerboy
  • Score: 18

2:20pm Sun 27 Jul 14

tracey7001 says...

I agree that the sons condition doesn't really reflect what happened , but I am a parent with a child who also has ADHD and I'm fed up with the comments that people have put on here regarding getting extra benefits because of their condition ! I wouldn't wish any parent wanting their child diagnosed with this condition , they were not born with it , it's not the child's fault they have an over active brain that doesn't switch off , please keep your opinions to yourself unless you actually know what and why causes ADHD !!!
I agree that the sons condition doesn't really reflect what happened , but I am a parent with a child who also has ADHD and I'm fed up with the comments that people have put on here regarding getting extra benefits because of their condition ! I wouldn't wish any parent wanting their child diagnosed with this condition , they were not born with it , it's not the child's fault they have an over active brain that doesn't switch off , please keep your opinions to yourself unless you actually know what and why causes ADHD !!! tracey7001
  • Score: -27

3:56pm Sun 27 Jul 14

westbaywonder says...

tracey7001 wrote:
I agree that the sons condition doesn't really reflect what happened , but I am a parent with a child who also has ADHD and I'm fed up with the comments that people have put on here regarding getting extra benefits because of their condition ! I wouldn't wish any parent wanting their child diagnosed with this condition , they were not born with it , it's not the child's fault they have an over active brain that doesn't switch off , please keep your opinions to yourself unless you actually know what and why causes ADHD !!!
The basis of a forum is to voice ones opinions, is it not?
Just shut it down Editor, Tracey does not like it.

ADHD, Hmm, over active brain that does not switch off.
It did in my day and right up to the 80,s in most homes.
It was called sitting still and behaving yourself ,not being an irritating attention seeker, more commonly known as a pain in the arse!!
[quote][p][bold]tracey7001[/bold] wrote: I agree that the sons condition doesn't really reflect what happened , but I am a parent with a child who also has ADHD and I'm fed up with the comments that people have put on here regarding getting extra benefits because of their condition ! I wouldn't wish any parent wanting their child diagnosed with this condition , they were not born with it , it's not the child's fault they have an over active brain that doesn't switch off , please keep your opinions to yourself unless you actually know what and why causes ADHD !!![/p][/quote]The basis of a forum is to voice ones opinions, is it not? Just shut it down Editor, Tracey does not like it. ADHD, Hmm, over active brain that does not switch off. It did in my day and right up to the 80,s in most homes. It was called sitting still and behaving yourself ,not being an irritating attention seeker, more commonly known as a pain in the arse!! westbaywonder
  • Score: 24

5:44pm Sun 27 Jul 14

tracey7001 says...

I hope for your sake westbaywonder that your grandchildren , if you have any , do not get diagnosed with ADHD ! If they do , then karma is a great thing for small minded people like you !!!
I hope for your sake westbaywonder that your grandchildren , if you have any , do not get diagnosed with ADHD ! If they do , then karma is a great thing for small minded people like you !!! tracey7001
  • Score: -17

9:24pm Sun 27 Jul 14

westbaywonder says...

tracey7001 wrote:
I hope for your sake westbaywonder that your grandchildren , if you have any , do not get diagnosed with ADHD ! If they do , then karma is a great thing for small minded people like you !!!
Sorry Tracey, no children or grandchildren, i like it like that.
ADHD,Karma, what a deluded world you must live in love.

,Westbaywonder over and out on this one citizens .

How this thread has gone from a burglary to ADHD (ATTENTION SEEKING PAIN IN THE ARSE DISORDER) is laughable.
[quote][p][bold]tracey7001[/bold] wrote: I hope for your sake westbaywonder that your grandchildren , if you have any , do not get diagnosed with ADHD ! If they do , then karma is a great thing for small minded people like you !!![/p][/quote]Sorry Tracey, no children or grandchildren, i like it like that. ADHD,Karma, what a deluded world you must live in love. ,Westbaywonder over and out on this one citizens . How this thread has gone from a burglary to ADHD (ATTENTION SEEKING PAIN IN THE ARSE DISORDER) is laughable. westbaywonder
  • Score: 12

10:27pm Sun 27 Jul 14

tracey7001 says...

Probably a good job you haven't westbaywonder !!
Probably a good job you haven't westbaywonder !! tracey7001
  • Score: -13

11:48am Mon 28 Jul 14

Esio Trot says...

If a couple, or single person with no kids was burgled would the Echo care?Would anyone care? I struggle to see how popping out a few kids makes you more important than everyone else, or makes your sorry situation (which you are at least partly responsible for by leaving your doors unlocked) more tragic.

Surely if at least one of your offspring has 'ADHD' you'd want your doors secured overnight, more so than a regular family?
If a couple, or single person with no kids was burgled would the Echo care?Would anyone care? I struggle to see how popping out a few kids makes you more important than everyone else, or makes your sorry situation (which you are at least partly responsible for by leaving your doors unlocked) more tragic. Surely if at least one of your offspring has 'ADHD' you'd want your doors secured overnight, more so than a regular family? Esio Trot
  • Score: 17

12:37pm Mon 28 Jul 14

February1948 says...

Whether the door was unlocked or not, this is a nasty thing to happen. Although I use a computer to store photos, I select the very best of them, usually those which include family members, and have them printed so they can go in a photo album. Photo albums are not something that thieves want (usually). This costs very little and will possibly prove of great interest to the generations following us; after all, we'll be history one day and our current technology will be antique.
Whether the door was unlocked or not, this is a nasty thing to happen. Although I use a computer to store photos, I select the very best of them, usually those which include family members, and have them printed so they can go in a photo album. Photo albums are not something that thieves want (usually). This costs very little and will possibly prove of great interest to the generations following us; after all, we'll be history one day and our current technology will be antique. February1948
  • Score: -4

12:11am Thu 31 Jul 14

3rdAccount says...

Why does the Echo always feel it's relevant to mention children's excuses - I mean conditions in these stories. Every other child now seems to have some sort of condition so why even mention it?

Maybe one day we will have a story that reads - Hardworking Husband and Wife and their 2 well behaved children burgled........ however, I suppose no one would feel sorry for them!
Why does the Echo always feel it's relevant to mention children's excuses - I mean conditions in these stories. Every other child now seems to have some sort of condition so why even mention it? Maybe one day we will have a story that reads - Hardworking Husband and Wife and their 2 well behaved children burgled........ however, I suppose no one would feel sorry for them! 3rdAccount
  • Score: 11

12:32am Thu 31 Jul 14

GMax says...

I feel awful that they have stuff stolen from their home, I've had the misfortune to have my car broken in to years ago and items were stolen (btw, my car was locked at the time).
As far as computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones go, there's one thing that everyone should install right away and that is this https://preyproject.
com
If it gets stolen you can wipe it, lock it, locate it and take snapshots with the camera (if any present)
It's free to use and one account keeps 3 items safe.
You gotta be smarter then the scumbags these days.
.
GMax.
I feel awful that they have stuff stolen from their home, I've had the misfortune to have my car broken in to years ago and items were stolen (btw, my car was locked at the time). As far as computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones go, there's one thing that everyone should install right away and that is this https://preyproject. com If it gets stolen you can wipe it, lock it, locate it and take snapshots with the camera (if any present) It's free to use and one account keeps 3 items safe. You gotta be smarter then the scumbags these days. . GMax. GMax
  • Score: 1

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