Bond family left without heating and hot water after thieves steal copper gas pipes

Date published: 16 November 2017

The Bond family have been left without any heating or hot water in their home on Falinge Road after ruthless thieves stole their copper pipes in broad daylight on Friday (10 November).

The thieves struck between 8am and 3.45pm, tearing the gas pipes and the meter reader from the walls of the Victorian house, which has been converted into flats.

Gordana Bond said: “We are sitting in the cold flat, we can’t have hot water, can’t shower and can’t cook as we only have gas cooker. We don’t know what to do. It is disgraceful to do such a thing, especially in November and leave us in this condition.”

The family, who have lived there for 13 years, have yet to have new pipes fitted due to a lengthy work process requiring three different contractors. Whilst the meter has been connected, the pipes and the earth cable still need reconnecting, leaving them without basic facilities until the work is complete.

The incident has been reported to the police.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 6.15pm on Friday 10 November 2017, police were called to reports of a theft on Falinge Road in Rochdale.

“Officers attended and found that piping had been removed from the property.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances around this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 1674 of 10/11/17.

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