Cancer victim’s home ‘desecrated’ by burglars

PUBLISHED: 09:16 02 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:16 02 March 2015

Brian and his mum Jean

Brian and his mum Jean

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‘Scumbag’ burglars have ransacked the home of a cancer victim just two days after he died, stealing valuables left to the charity who cared for him in his final days.

Popular Brian Leah, 58, of Nutbrook, Brixington, lost his battle with face cancer last month.

His last will bequeathed his most treasured possessions to Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare.

But less than 48 hours after Brian was found dead by neighbours, burglars broke into the bungalow.

They stole a flat screen TV, music centre and a computer, all of which had been left to the charity and would have raised them hundreds of pounds.

His devastated mum, Jean Quinn, told the Journal “Following Brian’s death I came down to Exmouth (from Manchester) to make arrangements, and I just couldn’t bring myself to set foot into Brian’s flat.

“I feel it’s been desecrated; even the police said it was a despicable crime.

“Brian’s dead, so he had no use for those items anymore, so the scumbags responsible didn’t steal from Brian, they stole from the charity.

“I just can’t believe this would happen in Exmouth.”

She pleaded with anybody with any information, who either knew the culprits or who has been offered any similar goods, to contact police.

She also had a special message for the burglars: “If you have any decency, or a conscience but don’t have the guts to own up to what you did, leave the items at the Hospiscare shop in Exmouth, no questions asked.”

A BMW enthusiast, Brian gave his precious ‘Beemer’ away to charity in 2012.

Friend Jennifer Watson said: “The family of the late Brian Leah would like to thank the people of Exmouth for their kindness. Brian was well known and well loved; he was a lovely man and he wanted to give something back to Hospiscare who kept him alive.

“It was the kind of guy he was, generous and really friendly.”

The burglary happened on January 24. If you have any information, please call the police non- emergency number 101 quoting CR007208/15.


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