Raider ransacked Scunthorpe home, scattered someone's ashes and stole child's toys
A FAMILY have been left shell-shocked after a thief ransacked their home, scattered a relative's ashes and made off with toys belonging to a five-year-old boy with a heart condition.
The burglar smashed their way in to the home on Uredale Place in Scunthorpe, before making off with Christmas presents belonging to Tristan Montaque and his siblings, Tyrone, 7 and Sophie, 15.
Tristan has defied doctors and made a remarkable recovery since being born with half a heart.
But his family are devastated after the break-in.
Mother Kerry Jackson only left the house for 20 minutes to pick up her children from school. She returned to find her late brother Wayne Card's ashes scattered over the floor.
Her laptop, containing photos of her brother and videos of Tristan during his early years, was also taken.
She said: "I don't know how someone can do this to a family. These are personal things to me. They might not mean much to other people, but they are the world to me.
"There are pictures of my brother on there – I won't ever be able to get them back.
"There is everything from Tristan's operations, all his hospital appointment images and pictures and videos of him in surgery on there.
"The most upsetting thing was I had a little box with my brother's ashes in that we had been planning to do something with abroad. They might have thought it was a jewellery box."
Tristan was the first child in North Lincolnshire to be diagnosed with a rare life-threatening illness called hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
He has undergone three major operations to relieve the blood flow from his lungs.
His mum says he has made a great recovery, but says the burglary really affected him.
Tristan's condition leaves her unable to work and her husband Jamie has also recently lost his job.
He has spent the days since going in to second-hand shops in Scunthorpe with the serial numbers of the stolen items.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the burglary.
He has been released on bail to a date in February pending further inquiries.