A dad has slammed ‘heartless’ burglars who stole his childrens’ climbing frame.
Logan, six, who is autistic and his sister Lulu, four, have been left inconsolable after the frame and slide were taken from their garden.
To make matters worse, the thieves also trashed a battery powered jeep they had tried to steal. Dad Andrew Baxter, 34, said: “The kids are still very upset and it has hit them both very hard. This was one of their favourite Christmas presents and they spent hours playing on it.
“They were looking forward to spending many more hours playing during the summer holidays. This is very bad because the apparatus helps my son, whose development is delayed, with his co-ordination. “As if that wasn’t enough, I drew back my curtains to discover another Christmas present in my front garden that they attempted to steal.
“When I went out to move it with my little girl, we discovered they had smashed the front and the steering wheel so it can’t be used.
“Tears were in my little girl’s eyes so I spent the day trying to console her,.
“Logan just goes into his own world and doesn’t really understand what has happened.”
The family, including wife Amanda, 36, Jack, 15, Tyler-Jay, 12, Logan, six, Lulu, four and 18-week old Shaya-Leigh, live on Eden Vale Crescent in Lancaster.
Andrew said: “The night after the burglary I spent the night downstairs just in case the burglars came back.
“When the police came to look for fingerprints and do forensics, Lulu asked them if the ladies were bringing her climbing frame back.
“I can’t believe how heartless people can be, especially to smash the car up just because they couldn’t get it moving.
“These people are ruthless and heartless.”
The burglary occurred between 9pm on July 2 and 6.45am on July 3. The burglars escaped with a child’s climbing frame and slide worth £150. Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.