Heating oil help gives a warm feeling in Buxted

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A woman whose heating oil was stolen from her home in Buxted can now look forward to a warm, comfortable Christmas thanks to a helping hand from a local company.

Louise Rogers called police on Tuesday (December 18) to report that thieves had stolen £300 worth of oil from a large external tank.

It had been delivered the previous month and was due to last the family over the Christmas period.

Local police in Wealden called Louise to arrange an appointment to give some crime prevention advice to deter thieves in the future, as well as offering to install a heating oil theft alarm.

However, while talking to her it transpired Louise was unable to replace the oil due to the expense and had envisaged a cold Christmas for her and her two children, with no heating or hot water.

Officers at Hailsham wanted to help the family in some small way so made a couple of phone calls.

Within minutes, Southern Counties Fuel, based in Heathfield, had generously donated 300 litres of heating oil to Louise to see them over Christmas.

Martin Caddick, from Southern Counties Fuel, said: “When we heard from Wealden police about what had happened we knew that we had to help.

“We were really happy to be able to offer this to Louise and her family and hope it assists in allowing all three of them to have a warm and happy Christmas.”

PCSO Nicki Hawthorne, from Wealden’s neighbourhood policing team based in Hailsham, added: “I would personally like to thank Southern Counties Fuel for this generous donation.

“It is heartening to know that Christmas spirit is well and truly alive.”

Anyone who would like local crime prevention advice can contact their local officer by visiting www.sussex.police.uk or calling 101, extension 68310.