Firm’s whip-round nets £742 for burglary

Workmates shocked after reading how an elderly couple were taunted as intruders stole their life savings have raised more than £700 in a bid to ease the victims' pain.

Workmates shocked after reading how an elderly couple were taunted as intruders stole their life savings have raised more than £700 in a bid to ease the victims' pain.

The burglary at the home of Lowestoft couple Charles and Ruby Trindall spurred colleagues at Yarmouth-based PSL Energy Services into action and a collection of £371 was matched by the company, making a total of £742.

Last night the victim's daughter Pam Wall spoke of her shock and delight at the kind-hearted gesture.

"When I heard it was almost £750, I was a bit gobsmacked; it's unbelievable," she said. "I really want to thank these people properly; I'll have to think of something. My parents are still very shaken by it all and it is still very raw for them."

The EDP reported at the end of last month how one of the burglars goaded the elderly couple moments after stealing thousands of pounds in cash, telling them: "You better call the police, you've just been robbed".

Partially sighted Mrs Trindall, 87, and her 88-year-old husband were in their north Lowestoft home watching television at about 6.15pm on Monday, February 26, when the intruders struck.

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Nick Birch, manager at PSL Energy Services, in Southtown Road, Yarmouth, said: "We saw the article and it prompted a lot of discussion in the office. We were just disgusted by this burglary and we felt we should make a small collection to help this couple.

"We all have parents or grandparents the same age as Mr and Mrs Trindall so a lot of staff were very upset by this. There were a lot of very strong views expressed, so we just felt collectively that we

should do something to show we

are not all the same and there are still good people out there.

"What these burglars put this elderly couple through was just cruel and vindictive. It is nice to know that as individuals we can make a difference to these people's lives and hopefully make them feel the world isn't all bad."

The cash was raised by about 15 onshore workers at the company, which provides services to the oil and gas industry.

The thieves stole several thousand pounds, which Mr and Mrs Trindall were saving for their three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They also took Mrs Trindall's wedding ring and a ring that had belonged to Mr Trindall's father.

One of the suitcases used by the couple to store their savings was found abandoned on the A12 at Kessingland Dam on the same evening of the burglary.

Police said they were unsure if they were looking for a lone burglar or a group of intruders and anyone with information should contact Lowestoft CID via 01986 835100 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.