Family of Newport disabled tot 'devastated' by burglary

BURGLED: Leo Dixon at home in Newport with mum Kate and dad Mike

BURGLED: Leo Dixon at home in Newport with mum Kate and dad Mike

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THE family of a Newport toddler who raised £70,000 to fly him to America for a life-changing operation have been burgled, with thieves taking memories of the family’s extraordinary journey.

Parents of little Leo Dixon, three, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic diplegia, were devastated to discover that on their return from Leo’s therapy their home had been ransacked by burglars.

Kate, 29, and Mike Dixon, 38, returned to their home on Albert Avenue, Newport, on March 27 to find that thieves had made off with thousands of pounds worth of goods, including two laptops which contained photos and videos of Leo’s journey.

“The thing that we are really upset about is that the thieves stole two laptops which contained photos and videos of Leo’s op, as well as memories from the last three-and-a-half years such as birthdays and Christmas,” Mrs Dixon said.

“We are devastated.”

Along with the laptops; six watches, some worth £300, and other designer jewellery has been taken but Mr and Mrs Dixon do not yet know the full extent of what they have lost.

The burglary happened in the afternoon while Mrs Dixon and Leo were out at horse riding therapy.

CCTV footage from a neighbour shows two men, believed to be in their early 20s, going down the lane near the house and shows how one goes on the hill to keep watch while the other one enters Leo’s therapy room, and uses a crow bar to break into the back window of the house.

Mrs Dixon said: “I am usually home by 4.30pm that day but I went food shopping and when my husband came home at 4.45pm the house was a mess.

“The cabinets in the living room were pushed over and the window was broken”

In February 2012, Leo underwent a series of tests and was eventually diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic diplegia.

The family flew to America on November 9 last year and Leo underwent the two-and-a-half-hour operation on November 14.

Mrs Dixon said: “When we went to America and Leo had his op last year we were glad that he was young because he wouldn’t remember the pain that he went through.

“But that doesn’t mean that we don’t want him to remember the journey he went on to America.”

Mrs Dixon added that they wanted him to be able to see all the photos and videos of the things people did to raise money to fund his operation.

A Gwent Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 5.30pm on March 27 to a report of a burglary at a property on Albert Avenue, Newport, thought to have occurred sometime that afternoon.

“Items stolen include a laptop and jewellery.

“Officers are investigating and Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log 359 27/03/14.”

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9:52pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Paul F. McCourt says...

Kate, Mike and young Leo, sorry about the rather heated rant I presented here, but, my thoughts are with you, all the way from New Zealand. I am subscribed to ARGUS and I read about your plight in this morning's issue.
I offer my Very Best wishes to you all and that these dirt bags get caught real soon and dealt with to the maximum they truly deserve.
I am sure the people of your fine City of Newport will be supporting you, too, and I appeal to anyone and everyone out there who really cares to band together and help you out. I don't even know you, I have never met you, I have NEVER even been to Wales OR the UK, but, you look like decent people and I feel you deserve a Fair Go. Just like every decent person does.
Please take real good care. I hope young Leo gets better by the day, and makes great improvements in the near future. I will be following your story and keeping an eye on your situation.
I have some good Friends in Newport (I haven't even met them either), and I think it would be lovely if they were to take a little time to drop in and visit you and give you a bit of a cheer up. You deserve it.
Kia Haha (Be Strong!)
Kate, Mike and young Leo, sorry about the rather heated rant I presented here, but, my thoughts are with you, all the way from New Zealand. I am subscribed to ARGUS and I read about your plight in this morning's issue. I offer my Very Best wishes to you all and that these dirt bags get caught real soon and dealt with to the maximum they truly deserve. I am sure the people of your fine City of Newport will be supporting you, too, and I appeal to anyone and everyone out there who really cares to band together and help you out. I don't even know you, I have never met you, I have NEVER even been to Wales OR the UK, but, you look like decent people and I feel you deserve a Fair Go. Just like every decent person does. Please take real good care. I hope young Leo gets better by the day, and makes great improvements in the near future. I will be following your story and keeping an eye on your situation. I have some good Friends in Newport (I haven't even met them either), and I think it would be lovely if they were to take a little time to drop in and visit you and give you a bit of a cheer up. You deserve it. Kia Haha (Be Strong!) Paul F. McCourt
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11:35pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Paul F. McCourt says...

Dear Readers and People of Newport,
I Wish to Apologise for the way I sounded off yesterday about the cowards who ripped off the Dixon Family.
My Comments were very heated to say the least, but I was just venting my disgust at these creeps. I can Promise you, that was all it was. Just venting. I would NEVER act on anything I said, except, if I was there, do my very best to help this family get over their trauma.
I really DO hate evil and in this world, there is far too much of it. There were a few other cases mentioned in the ARGUS, but, what can I say?
I don't know how people can be upset by what I SAID, compared to what was DONE to this Family, the cyclist, that young girl who went missing, and others. I am very sure that most of you felt the same as me. Unfortunately, I just had to let rip in this column with the sincere impression I was offering support to the People of Newport.
Please, People! Take good care of each other and try to prevent this sort of thing going on. You need to keep your eyes open. Look after your Kids, your Elderly, YOUR Community. Don't let evil take hold.
I don't want to sound like a Hippy, but PLEASE, Look After Each Other. And, again, I am Very Sorry for upsetting you. The Irony is, you turned on ME, instead of the Crims. I don't know what to think of this.
Crucifixion? It has NOTHING AT ALL to do with christians. It was the way the Romans dealt to crims. Just venting when I said that. Oviously just stating what I feel they DESERVE, but, these days, its just not done. THANK GOODNESS!
I just hope these people can be found and put away soon.
Best Wishes to you all.
Dear Readers and People of Newport, I Wish to Apologise for the way I sounded off yesterday about the cowards who ripped off the Dixon Family. My Comments were very heated to say the least, but I was just venting my disgust at these creeps. I can Promise you, that was all it was. Just venting. I would NEVER act on anything I said, except, if I was there, do my very best to help this family get over their trauma. I really DO hate evil and in this world, there is far too much of it. There were a few other cases mentioned in the ARGUS, but, what can I say? I don't know how people can be upset by what I SAID, compared to what was DONE to this Family, the cyclist, that young girl who went missing, and others. I am very sure that most of you felt the same as me. Unfortunately, I just had to let rip in this column with the sincere impression I was offering support to the People of Newport. Please, People! Take good care of each other and try to prevent this sort of thing going on. You need to keep your eyes open. Look after your Kids, your Elderly, YOUR Community. Don't let evil take hold. I don't want to sound like a Hippy, but PLEASE, Look After Each Other. And, again, I am Very Sorry for upsetting you. The Irony is, you turned on ME, instead of the Crims. I don't know what to think of this. Crucifixion? It has NOTHING AT ALL to do with christians. It was the way the Romans dealt to crims. Just venting when I said that. Oviously just stating what I feel they DESERVE, but, these days, its just not done. THANK GOODNESS! I just hope these people can be found and put away soon. Best Wishes to you all. Paul F. McCourt
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