Thieves target cancer sufferer

Cancer sufferer Martin Vaughan, of Waverley Avenue North Shore, whose house was burgled while he was at work.
Cancer sufferer Martin Vaughan, of Waverley Avenue North Shore, whose house was burgled while he was at work.
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A father-of-three who is suffering from terminal liver cancer has spoken of his despair after discovering his home had been ransacked by thieves.

Mechanic Martin Vaughan, of Waverley Avenue, North Shore, returned home from work to discover not only had the thieves stolen thousands of pounds worth of electrical equipment, but food from his fridge, freezer and some of his cancer medication.

Mr Vaughan, who works at Lloyds BMW despite living with the terminal illness, said: “This is just not what I need right now.

“I am working hard to provide for my family despite being ill and then I come home and find my house ransacked.

“These thieves are scum. It is so frustrating.

“My 16-year-old son was in bed at the time and came down to find the house in a right mess. They had even been upstairs, I think they must have seen Caleb asleep and then sneaked out.”

Police said the burglary took place between 8am and 11.30am, last Thursday, and the burglars crow barred their way through the back door.

Around £3,000 worth of items were taken including an Xbox, BluRay player and DVDs all thought to have been carried away from the property in Tesco Bags for Life.

Mr Vaughan, 39, said: “Luckily the medication that was stolen is no longer the medication I have to take.

“I will be starting a new regime soon but in the wrong hands those drugs could be dangerous.

“These drugs are meant to combat the side effects of chemotherapy and cannot be any good to anyone who does not have cancer.

“I have been having treatment for 12 months. Initially the cancer originated in my eye but it has now spread to my liver. Doctors don’t know how long I have left.

“I have continued to work as it takes my mind off things.”

Mr Vaughan who lives with his wife Nicolette, and children Caleb, 16, Leah, 14, and Lydia, 13, is now urging anyone with information to contact police.

He said: “This is the second time in 18 months we have been burgled. We live near some busy shops. I urge anyone who saw anything suspicious to call police.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman, said: “We are currently making house-to-house inquiries. We urge anyone who spotted anything suspicious to come forward and contact us by calling 101.”

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