Mum grabbed at thief who took wedding money

Daily Echo: From left to right, Flash, Richard, dad Martin and mum Jayne Hull From left to right, Flash, Richard, dad Martin and mum Jayne Hull

A BRAVE mum has told how she tried to tackle a burglar who stole her son’s wedding savings.

Jayne Hull was woken up by her pet dog Flash and was led downstairs, where she spotted the intruder in her garden.

The plucky 48-year-old, who suffers from a bad back, ran outside shouting at the thief and grabbed him as he clambered over the fence.

But he kicked at her, crushing her fingers before he fled the couple’s Southampton home.

The burglar’s haul included £600 in cash, which the couple’s 23-year-old son Richard had been saving for months and kept at his parents’ home for a surprise treat for his bride-to-be Katie Lewis on their big day.

Richard, a support worker for vulnerable adults, wanted to treat his bride to a horse and carriage ride when they marry at New Place in Southampton in April.

Last night Jayne, who fought back tears, said: “My son gave me that money to look after and keep safe. He had been saving for months and every now and then would say ‘here we go mum, a bit more’.

“He just wanted a special treat which would mean they could spend a little bit of time alone on their day and now that has been cruelly taken away from them. I feel sick.”

Jayne and husband Martin, a mechanical engineer, were awoken by Flash, who whimpered and nudged the couple’s heads with her nose at their home in Rowan Close, Maybush, just after 2am yesterday.

Jayne let Flash outside and when the husky and Japanese Akita cross became aggressive, she followed.

The mum-of-two said: “I went out and saw the man stood really tight against the fence keeping really still. I legged it to the back of the garden and as he climbed over I went to tackle him, screaming and shouting out ‘how dare you!’.

“I was going mad reaching at his feet but he was kicking me. I was really scared but I felt so angry. It hadn’t even clicked in what had happened, and I didn’t know what he had taken but I was determined to get him.

“We aren’t a fit couple, just middle aged, but we work so hard for everything we have and I was prepared to fight for it. I think I must have broken my finger in the struggle.”

She added: “If Flash hadn’t woken us up I dread to think what might have happened. As far as I am concerned she is the hero of the day.”

Thieves had got in through the back patio door and had searched the downstairs, stealing the cash, a camera and Jayne’s purse.

Richard, who is recovering from back surgery, said: “We got engaged last February and I said I was putting money aside for the stag do but it was really for a horse and carriage ride. It is a once in a lifetime day and I wanted it to be special.

“I will try to work a bit harder but now I think I am going to struggle to afford it. It is sickening it has been stolen and I hope whoever responsible is named and shamed.”

Police are investigating.

Anyone with information can call them on 101.

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12:16pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Huffter says...

Theft is objectionable but you can minimise the risk by not keeping large sums of money at home.
Theft is objectionable but you can minimise the risk by not keeping large sums of money at home. Huffter

12:28pm Wed 3 Oct 12

ssnaked23 says...

Jayne & Martin are good friends of mine and they in the past havent had all the good luck, what with a house fire many years ago with Martin having to rescue Richard who was badly burned so yes theft is completely objectionable but I dont think not having large sums of money in your home is really relevant as how would they know? I recently had large sum of money in my house but I wasnt burgled.
Generally thieves are opportunists who will take what they find and can easily carry, I know as I was burgled many years ago but in my case we werent at home so they had longer to take our possessions. They are scum who take things from hard working people and who are often junkies just looking to get some funds for their next fix(es).
It was a pity that Flash didnt bite the intruder as at least he would have suffered some pain but nothing compared to that of Hulls, especially Richard who saved so hard to treat his wife to be.
Jayne & Martin are good friends of mine and they in the past havent had all the good luck, what with a house fire many years ago with Martin having to rescue Richard who was badly burned so yes theft is completely objectionable but I dont think not having large sums of money in your home is really relevant as how would they know? I recently had large sum of money in my house but I wasnt burgled. Generally thieves are opportunists who will take what they find and can easily carry, I know as I was burgled many years ago but in my case we werent at home so they had longer to take our possessions. They are scum who take things from hard working people and who are often junkies just looking to get some funds for their next fix(es). It was a pity that Flash didnt bite the intruder as at least he would have suffered some pain but nothing compared to that of Hulls, especially Richard who saved so hard to treat his wife to be. ssnaked23

12:57pm Wed 3 Oct 12

8089 says...

Well said about keeping money at home, ssnaked23!

Why shouldn't we be able to keep valuables and money at home without some scum taking it? Home is the ONE place where it should be safe. It's all too easy to make comments like Huffter's and be wise after the event!!!
Well said about keeping money at home, ssnaked23! Why shouldn't we be able to keep valuables and money at home without some scum taking it? Home is the ONE place where it should be safe. It's all too easy to make comments like Huffter's and be wise after the event!!! 8089

4:17pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Huffter says...

Unfortunately we live in the real world - what we SHOULD be able to do and what it's sensible and safe to do are often two different things.
We SHOULD be able to let 5 year old children play outside at 7pm......
Unfortunately we live in the real world - what we SHOULD be able to do and what it's sensible and safe to do are often two different things. We SHOULD be able to let 5 year old children play outside at 7pm...... Huffter

5:55pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Vonnie says...

Huffter wrote:
Theft is objectionable but you can minimise the risk by not keeping large sums of money at home.
If you follow this logic, which is stupid, one should not have anything portable of ANY value in one's home?? No jewellery, tele, small electrical or electronic goods, no hobby items of value, no pictures or paintings, expensive clothes, etc. etc.

One's home is the one place that you should feel safe. Today your home is not your castle, but your prison.

However, with all the precautions in the world, if some scumbag wants to defile your home by burglarising it, he or she will find a way.

Society's behaviour, in the form of comments such as Huffters, is constantly catering down to the lowest common demoninator of lowlife in every aspect, instead of solving it; raising standards of behaviour; and properly punishing wrongdoers.
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: Theft is objectionable but you can minimise the risk by not keeping large sums of money at home.[/p][/quote]If you follow this logic, which is stupid, one should not have anything portable of ANY value in one's home?? No jewellery, tele, small electrical or electronic goods, no hobby items of value, no pictures or paintings, expensive clothes, etc. etc. One's home is the one place that you should feel safe. Today your home is not your castle, but your prison. However, with all the precautions in the world, if some scumbag wants to defile your home by burglarising it, he or she will find a way. Society's behaviour, in the form of comments such as Huffters, is constantly catering down to the lowest common demoninator of lowlife in every aspect, instead of solving it; raising standards of behaviour; and properly punishing wrongdoers. Vonnie

10:56pm Wed 3 Oct 12

ssnaked23 says...

Huffter wrote:
Unfortunately we live in the real world - what we SHOULD be able to do and what it's sensible and safe to do are often two different things.
We SHOULD be able to let 5 year old children play outside at 7pm......
As tragic and deplorable it is that, that poor child has been abducted and the pain and distress her family are currently experiencing at present these are a fortunately very rare events as opposed to burglaries which are far too common and as commented we should be able to feel safe in our homes and be able to secure our belongings without toerags taking them. Have you been burgled at all Huffter? Take it from me it isnt a pleasant feeling.
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately we live in the real world - what we SHOULD be able to do and what it's sensible and safe to do are often two different things. We SHOULD be able to let 5 year old children play outside at 7pm......[/p][/quote]As tragic and deplorable it is that, that poor child has been abducted and the pain and distress her family are currently experiencing at present these are a fortunately very rare events as opposed to burglaries which are far too common and as commented we should be able to feel safe in our homes and be able to secure our belongings without toerags taking them. Have you been burgled at all Huffter? Take it from me it isnt a pleasant feeling. ssnaked23

10:17am Thu 4 Oct 12

peenut81 says...

@huffter, You prefer to leave it with the thieves at HSBC or Barclays to gamble it away I assume?
@huffter, You prefer to leave it with the thieves at HSBC or Barclays to gamble it away I assume? peenut81

3:33pm Thu 4 Oct 12

bagle7 says...

ssnaked23 wrote:
Jayne & Martin are good friends of mine and they in the past havent had all the good luck, what with a house fire many years ago with Martin having to rescue Richard who was badly burned so yes theft is completely objectionable but I dont think not having large sums of money in your home is really relevant as how would they know? I recently had large sum of money in my house but I wasnt burgled.
Generally thieves are opportunists who will take what they find and can easily carry, I know as I was burgled many years ago but in my case we werent at home so they had longer to take our possessions. They are scum who take things from hard working people and who are often junkies just looking to get some funds for their next fix(es).
It was a pity that Flash didnt bite the intruder as at least he would have suffered some pain but nothing compared to that of Hulls, especially Richard who saved so hard to treat his wife to be.
The sad thing in this society is if Flash would have bitten the intruder she would be the one in trouble now. We should be able to keep whatever we want in our home without worrying about any low life entering and trying to take it away. This family have been through so much that a good event like Richard and Katie getting married should have been a good thing to look forward to. I just hope the scumbag gets caught and that the money however slim the will be returned.
[quote][p][bold]ssnaked23[/bold] wrote: Jayne & Martin are good friends of mine and they in the past havent had all the good luck, what with a house fire many years ago with Martin having to rescue Richard who was badly burned so yes theft is completely objectionable but I dont think not having large sums of money in your home is really relevant as how would they know? I recently had large sum of money in my house but I wasnt burgled. Generally thieves are opportunists who will take what they find and can easily carry, I know as I was burgled many years ago but in my case we werent at home so they had longer to take our possessions. They are scum who take things from hard working people and who are often junkies just looking to get some funds for their next fix(es). It was a pity that Flash didnt bite the intruder as at least he would have suffered some pain but nothing compared to that of Hulls, especially Richard who saved so hard to treat his wife to be.[/p][/quote]The sad thing in this society is if Flash would have bitten the intruder she would be the one in trouble now. We should be able to keep whatever we want in our home without worrying about any low life entering and trying to take it away. This family have been through so much that a good event like Richard and Katie getting married should have been a good thing to look forward to. I just hope the scumbag gets caught and that the money however slim the will be returned. bagle7

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