March 9 2014 Latest news:
Monday, December 30, 2013
A schoolgirl left disabled by a horror crash was looking forward to Christmas when burglars struck.
Charley Robbins, 10, was hit by a van while riding her scooter in Crab Lane, Gorleston, in September.
She was in a critical condition and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, and is now recovering at home.
Her injuries have left permanent damage, but she was preparing for a happy day with her family when thieves stole Christmas decorations from a shed at her home in King’s Road, Gorleston.
And when officers at Gorleston Police Station heard of what happened, they had a whip round to buy the family new decorations and gifts.
Charley’s father Paul reported someone had gained entry to a shed in their back garden and had stolen the family Christmas decorations earlier this month.
Police quickly organised a collection to help buy some replacements and a few extra Christmas treats for Charley and her sister Angel.
PC Joe Simon at Gorleston said: “Given the year she has had following the collision I spoke to my colleagues about the possibility of a whip-round to buy some replacement decorations for her in time for Christmas.
“Both my team and the team who were on duty at the time of the collision started collecting cash, with local supervisors and officers from the Roads Policing Unit at Acle, who investigated the crash, also contributing.
“We had enough to buy decorations, chocolates and a teddy bear each for Charley and Angel and we hope this has made their Christmas a little brighter.”
Sam, Charley and Angel’s mum, said: “It was awful when we found the decorations had been taken but a neighbour set up an appeal to help and we’ve had boxes of baubles, tinsel, candles and all sorts of things donated.
“It was lovely when the officers turned up with the decorations and gifts for the girls too.
“They got the chance to see around the police car and particularly loved the teddies.
“We’d like to thank all of those who have helped.
“Charley will hopefully going back to school in the New Year and she is really looking forward to this.”
Police are asking anyone with information about who stole the decorations to call PC Simon at Gorleston on 101.