Lowestoft firm gives donation to family devastated by puppy’s death during burglary

Cy Custance and Daniel Knights (left) from Cy The Computer Guy present a laptop to Mark Phillips and

Cy Custance and Daniel Knights (left) from Cy The Computer Guy present a laptop to Mark Phillips and Gareth Deacon-Walker. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Two Lowestoft businessmen have made a generous donation to a family left heartbroken after their puppy was killed during a burglary.

Benji the Cockapoo was drowned by burglars in Cobholm, Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mark Phillips

Benji the Cockapoo was drowned by burglars in Cobholm, Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mark Phillips - Credit: Archant

Seven-month-old Benji was found by his owners drowned in a bathtub in Cobholm Close in Great Yarmouth last week.

It is thought he was killed by burglars, who stole a laptop, iPad, an ID card and allergy medication.

After reading their story, Cy Custance, who sells refurbished laptops through his business Cy The Computer Guy from South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, along with his business partner Daniel Knights, decided to do something to help.

Mr Custance said: 'We read the story and we were left very distressed and emotional by what happened.


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'We knew they had some of their electrical items stolen, so I messaged by business partner and said I think we should do something for them.

'We are both dog lovers and we found it so upsetting.'

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And on Wednesday the duo met with Mark Phillips, partner of Benji's owner Susan Walker, along with her brother Gareth Deacon-Walker. They presented the family with a Dell laptop.

Miss Walker, who had been visiting her mother at the time of burglary, said she hasn't been able to bring herself to tell her children Holly, six and Ethen, two, what happened to their beloved cockapoo.

Mr Deacon-Walker said: 'We are still finding it really difficult, and no one wants to be at home alone.

'I keep looking down at Benji's bed and thinking where is he and it's horrible.

'But when you know you've got people supporting you, and someone like Cy who is helping us continue with our work and lives, then you think there are people out there who have got a heart.'

Mr Phillips said they have been overwhelmed with the support they have received, and have even had messages sent over from France and America.

Mr Deacon-Walker added: 'We all want to thank Cy for what he has done. It's much appreciated.'

The burglary took place between 3.50pm and 5.30pm on April 5. Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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