Good Samaritan 'has given me my life back' after break-ins
A SINGLE MUM whose car was broken into twice in the same month has had her "faith in humanity" restored by a kindly stranger.
The window of mother-of-two Sophie Welstead's Citroen was smashed by thieves last week, who made off with her handbag, containing two mobile phones, and theatre tickets, worth nearly £300, for her daughter's birthday.
The full-time school nurse was parked on Bargate Avenue for just six minutes while she picked up her son, six-year-old Jamie, from school to take him for an x-ray on his hip.
It was the second time this month that her car was targeted, with thieves taking her satellite navigation system on October 5, when the car was parked outside her home in Legsby Avenue.
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However, the second time was much worse as her bag contained her "entire life".
Sophie was in the process of cancelling credit cards when an elderly man came to the door to return her bag, which he had found dumped in People's Park.
Sophie said: "It was a thoughtless smash-and-grab but the bag had my entire life in it and was going to cause me so many problems.
"I knew I could replace the cards and the phones but it was things like my diary, my driving licence and the tickets – which I had only picked up that day – that were going to be difficult.
"They are worth a lot of money and if I hadn't got them back, I don't know what I would have done for my daughter's birthday.
"I was on the phone to cancel my third card when there was a knock at the door, which I assumed was the man coming to fix my car window.
"However, it wasn't – it was a man returning almost everything that had been taken, including the tickets. I was so shocked, I didn't even know what to say.
"He had picked up absolutely everything when he had found it upended in People's Park and I just wanted to say a big thank you."
Sophie said that the good Samaritan's actions had rekindled her faith in humanity.
She added: "So often you hear about the negative things that people do and I was feeling a little bit unlucky myself after recent events.
"However, this man proved to me that there are obviously some nice people around and has made me a little more positive again.
"For no gain to himself, he took the time to pick up every last thing and delivered it to me at my house – and I barely got chance to thank him."