Pensioner had life savings stolen in raid as he visited sick wife

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A PENSIONER says heartless burglars who stole his life savings are forcing him out of his home.

Church-goer Joseph Carr, 78, was visiting wife Dorothy, 72, in hospital where she was being treated after a series of strokes, when raiders ransacked his home and took a five-figure sum from his safe.

ANNOYED: Joseph Carr says he would forgive those who ransacked his home.

ANNOYED: Joseph Carr says he would forgive those who ransacked his home.

Mr Carr, of Milton Avenue, Blackhall, said the money was going to be used to pay for his and his wife’s funerals and also to pay for putting Dorothy in a care home.

They also took jewellery, including rings Dorothy had bought Joseph over the years.

Mr Carr, a miner at Blackhall pit for 35 years, said he was still trying to come to terms with his ordeal.

The grandfather-of-eight and great-grandfather-of-four said: “I didn’t want to tell Dorothy, but I was advised to. But she just said ‘as long as we’re together’. she took it well.

“I’m a big church-goer, my faith has helped me through.

“I would forgive them.”

Pc Paul Harbisher, of Peterlee crime team, said the thieves struck between 1.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday, September 25.

He added: “Joseph is very vulnerable and obviously devastated. He has obviously been targeted in that people knew he has been in and out at certain times.”

The jewellery stolen is a pocket watch with a white face and gold chain, a gold sovereign ring featuring St George, a gold ring with a black onyx and an Irish Claddagh ring.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Peterlee Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.