Disabled grandmother says Christmas is ‘ruined’ after cash for presents stolen from her handbag

Joanne and Roger Cordock.  She had her bag stolen in Argos with �120 for presents in it.
Joanne and Roger Cordock. She had her bag stolen in Argos with �120 for presents in it.
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A disabled grandmother says her Christmas has been ‘ruined’ after thieves stole £120 from her handbag - everything she had left to buy presents for her family.

Joanne Cordock accidentally left her bag in Argos in Bury St Edmunds on Friday afternoon and when she retrieved it the cash inside was missing.

The 45-year-old, of Pakenham, said: “It was £120 which isn’t a lot to a lot of people but we’re on disability benefit and that was everything we had for our presents.

“It’s ruined our Christmas. People are very quick to point fingers at disabled people and think they’re scamming the Government for what they can get but when this happens to you it’s devastating.”

Mrs Cordock, who suffers from Fibromyalgia which causes pain across the body and uses a wheelchair, put her bag down in the shop at about 1pm and only realised she had left it when she got to Cornhill. The bag had been handed in but the money was missing.

Mrs Cordock, who was with her disabled husband Roger, nephew David and friend Rosie at the time, says she can be forgetful because of her condition.

She said: “I was distracted and with my condition I can forget everything that’s gone on before. I’m really upset with myself. Just around Christmas time, why couldn’t someone just be honest and hand it in.”

Following the theft, she now fears she won’t be able to visit her 11-month-old grandson Riley, in Felixstowe, at Christmas.

She said: “We were going to go over there because it’s Riley’s first Christmas. We can’t get over there now because we haven’t got fuel money.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said they are appealing for witnesses to the incident. Contact PC Emma Stacey at Bury Police on 101.