Brothers at Eaton Primary School in Norwich discover that good deeds do pay off

Brothers Ben, seven, and Oliver, five, who discovered stolen Christmas presents dumped in a hedge at their primary school. Photo: Bill Smith Brothers Ben, seven, and Oliver, five, who discovered stolen Christmas presents dumped in a hedge at their primary school. Photo: Bill Smith

David Bale david.bale2@archant.co.uk
Friday, January 10, 2014
4:29 PM

Two brothers who found stolen Christmas presents in bushes near their Norwich school and then helped reunite them with their owner have found out that good deeds do pay off.

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Ben, aged seven, and Oliver, who is nearly six, discovered the presents near Eaton Primary School in Duverlin Close before Christmas. They took them home and their families handed them in to the school, which contacted the police and helped reunite them with their owner, whose home had been burgled.

The boys, whose family did not wish their surname to be published, picked up certificates in praise of their community spirit at their school assembly yesterday and the victim, who also did not wish to be named, thanked them and the school staff for their quick actions.

They gave each brother a letter, saying: “Thank you very much for your honesty and public spirit”. Inside each letter was £25 in cash.

The boys, who live in Greenways, Eaton, plan to buy Star Wars toys and Moshi Monsters with the cash.

Ben said the reason they took the presents back to their mother was because: “they weren’t ours and they did not belong to us.

“We gave them to mum to sort out”.

The presents included a big Lindt chocolate bunny, a bottle of whisky, and a jigsaw puzzle.

The school’s headteacher Steve Portas said: “We are very proud of the boys. We wanted to recognise what they had done by giving them certificates at school assembly. It’s good citizenship and what we want to promote at the school.”

The presents had been stolen during a burglary in Duverlin Close overnight on December 19. Suspects had entered the address through an unlocked front door and stolen the wrapped presents from under the tree.

A cheque is still missing. Police said it was being linked with a second burglary in Duverlin Close which happened in the early hours of December 20.

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Andy Vinsen from Norwich CID on 101.

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