Thieves steal bride's presents on wedding night
A heartbroken bride and her husband say they have lost thousands of pounds of wedding presents after thieves broke into their reception venue.
Nicole and Andrew Housham, of Cross Street, Gainsborough, tied the knot at All Saints Parish Church in the town on August 24 and held their reception at the Blues Club in Trinity Street.
Thieves broke into the club in the early hours of the following morning and stole their presents, which included cash and spirits. It is believed they used a wheelie bin to cart the items away.
Mrs Housham, 34, found out that her gifts were among the items stolen when she received a text message from the club chairman the following morning.
"We think that a couple of thousand pounds' worth of stuff was taken because people had been leaving cash in cards too," she said.
"The chairman texted me asking if I had left any presents in the club overnight and when I said yes, he called me to say that everything had been taken and that the place had been trashed.
"I was absolutely gutted. I had a fantastic day but this has just put a downer on it.
"It is just heartless. They had opened presents and gone through them. We had a few sets of champagne glasses given to us and they had broken one glass in each set and had been drinking the champagne too.
"It is heartbreaking."
Mrs Housham, who has gone away on honeymoon, said she was grateful for the support she has been getting.
"I am not expecting to get anything back, but it would be nice if we did," she said.
"People have been great to us since they have found out.
"I could not have wished for more supportive phone calls."
Police say the burglary took place between 2am and 7am on August 25.
It is thought the thieves forced their way in through some side doors before they used a wheelie bin to carry off the stolen items.
Lincolnshire Police are appealing for any witnesses to the burglary to get in touch with them as soon as possible.
Anybody who saw any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the burglary should call Detective Constable Tina Kennedy of Gainsborough CID by calling the non-emergency 101 number quoting incident number 120 of August 25.