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Birthday boy's Wii gifts stolen

Alan Richens with his son Ashley, whose ninth birthday was ruined
Alan Richens with his son Ashley, whose ninth birthday was ruined

Someone stole a little boy’s birthday present – and his Christmas gift, too.

Ashley Richens was excitedly expecting a Wii Fit Board to go with the Wii computer games console he got at Christmas after his father, Alan, a single parent, saved for months to treat him on his ninth birthday.

But Ashley, a pupil at North Borough Primary School, Maidstone, was woken on Wednesday morning with just a card and a chorus of happy birthday from his dad after the theft during the night on Monday.

Mr Richens, of Maidstone, said: “He tried to put on a brave face, but you could tell how upset he was.

“One of my neighbours took him to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal and that cheered him up a bit, and another has lent him their Wii for a few days, but it’s not the same.”

Mr Richens said someone got into his home through an insecure window while he was sleeping.

He said: “The most scary thing was that I was there and just didn’t wake up. I just hope someone feels guilty and it just turns up on my doorstep.”

Mr Richens, 34, said he was not able to afford insurance, which meant the only chance of replacing the gifts was if the thieves had an attack of conscience and returned it.

Police are investigating.

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