A 36-year-old Northamptonshire man with stage four cancer and just three months to live has had his home broken into three times in six days.
Richard Davies, 36, was told four weeks ago that he has stage four colon cancer which has spread to other parts of his body.
While preparing for chemotherapy next week, Richard and his wife Lisa had their home in Northamptonshire searched not once but three times by burglars between May 24 and 30.
Richard said: “It was horrific. As soon as we entered the driveway you could tell it was like a bomb had gone off. We are devastated. Lisa is torn to pieces.
“All of our personal belongings were strewn all over the driveway. Intimate letters and cards between me and my wife had been pulled out, crumpled and torn to shreds, clothes everywhere, all just torn to pieces. They urinated everywhere, the whole place stank.
“There was all our stuff in there, and they just walked in and maliciously trashed everything.
“Lisa was almost on the floor whining because the problem is physical items that wouldn’t have been as valuable before my diagnosis a month ago now have incredible sentimental value. If I die, those are things she wants to keep.
“I was given three to six months to live without drastic intervention, those things she wanted to rely on to move forward were destroyed, and for what reason? Why? I can live with the power tools and bikes stolen but all our stuff thrown away, I just don’t get it.
“To say we are at a breaking point is an understatement. What can one do in the face of such senseless evil. The only thing I’m absolutely grateful for is somehow buried under the carnage, the painting I worked on Lisa survived and is undamaged.”
Richard called police after the initial break-in but said it may have “put a target on his back” when the perpetrators returned over the next two nights.
After the three burglaries, Lisa went to clean up the damage and faced a barrage of verbal abuse and threats of violence from a passerby. Richard contacted the police as he felt his wife was in serious danger. However, he was disappointed with the time it took officers to arrive (34 minutes).
He said: “Police have admitted their response time was totally unacceptable. If someone threatens my wife with violence, I want them to be there within three to four minutes.
“If someone threatens to hurt your family, call 999, you expect the police to come and save you, but they didn’t. We felt like we were completely alone.”
Northamptonshire Police said: “We sincerely apologize if in this case victims feel they have not been given the service they expected.
“We are currently reviewing our response to their initial calls and will report back to them our findings and act on any resulting findings.
“Witnesses or anyone with information should call us on 101 and quote the incident number 22000311763.”
Richard has since spent thousands of pounds hiring security guards from a private company to guard his home 24 hours a day.
He said: “I’m just trying to protect my property. It was hard. My poor health meant I wasn’t there to protect my wife that day, I was resting.
“I must focus all my mental energies and strength on what lies ahead, but in fact my days are certainly full.”
Incredibly, Richard’s security guard was attacked and beaten up on Thursday (June 9) by someone he believes may be linked to the burglaries.
Richard called the police but again felt let down as it took officers three and a half hours to visit the home.
He said: “We had senior police officers at our home on Monday apologizing for the blatant and obvious failure of their police force. Three days later the same situation happened and they reacted in exactly the same way. So what’s the point? to apologize if they haven’t provided infrastructure to change their response.
“I’ve had to pay thousands of pounds to have security at my house and now one of those security guards was beaten up by someone who had just walked into my front garden.
“So what message does that send to me and the public? The message: ‘People can get into your property, vandalize your house, steal all your belongings, attack your wife and there is nothing we will do about it’. That’s the message Northamptonshire Police are sending,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Police said on Thursday (9 June): “We are currently at the scene of this incident having been called to the scene earlier today.”
Richard said he called the police around 11.40am and officers showed up three and a half hours later at 3.10pm.
Police continued: “Officers are currently investigating to determine what happened with the aim of bringing this to a positive conclusion.
“We sincerely apologize if victims in this case feel they were not provided with the service they expected.
“We are currently reviewing our response to all of their calls and will act on any findings that emerge.”