A family have spoken out about their nightmare before Christmas after floods and a burglary ruined their home which was specially adapted for their son.
Tom Parker and Niketa Chim said how they had to evacuate their family home, which was specifically designed to meet the needs of their five-year-old son, Remy in September due to flooding.
Remy is a full-time wheelchair user and is paralysed from the waist down and also suffers from a number of conditions including spina bifida, hydrocephalus and epilepsy - the little boy is also deaf in one ear, reports CheshireLive.
Niketa was living with their three children, Levi, 12, Remy, five and Riko, two, in a house - allocated by Torus Housing - on Densham Avenue in Warrington at the time of the floods in September.
Yobs ransack and trash family home
The family were moved into temporary accommodation during the flooding, but they were set for more heartbreak in November when a group of around 20 youths ransacked their home, trashed the kitchen and ripped out the bathroom adapted to Remy's needs.
Dad Tom explained how he was driving past the house on Densham Avenue when he saw a huge group of youths having a party in their family home.
He said: "We went to check in on the property - we drove past and saw that the light was on - I banged on the window."
Tom says he asked the group what they were doing in the house to which they replied: "We didn't know anybody lived here."
Cheshire Constabulary - who are investigating the incident that happened on November 2 - said around 20 youths were in the property, a number which the family contests.
Tom said: "About 10 came out at first - we thought that was it. I think there was between 40 and 50."
Niketa and Tom said they were gobsmacked that so many people could fit in the house.
Once the huge group of teens left the home the family were able to see the extent of the damage caused.
The house had been ransacked in the burglary - with Remy's specially adapted bathroom completely destroyed.
Family are too scared to return to the house
Shocking images of the damage show how the sink and toilet had been smashed and the entire property had been gutted.
The family have now said they are too scared to return to the house after the burglary and if they had known about the flood risk they would not have accepted it in the first place.
Niketa said: "The kids have lost their home - we don’t feel safe going back there."
The burglary has had an effect on Remy too, who told his parents he didn't want to return because "them bad people smashed my bathroom".
Niketa added: "That property was for him - adapted for his benefit.
"The accommodation isn’t suitable - it’s like we’re getting punished for the flood at our house.
"My kids shouldn’t have to go through this so close to Christmas as well."
Cheshire police investigation still ongoing
Currently a police investigation is ongoing into the burglary.
Three teens, an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old girl, were arrested by Cheshire Constabulary earlier this week.
All have since been released under investigation.
Sergeant Alex Reeves, of the Problem Solving Team at Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: "This is an absolutely heartbreaking case of a family losing all their cherished possessions as a result of the mindless actions of a group of vandals.
"The family had already been forced to leave their home due to flooding and now they are facing the prospect of spending even more time in temporary accommodation while their house is repaired.
"We treat all incidents of this nature seriously and we a committed to doing all that we can to ensure that the people responsible are brought to justice.
Police say a number of arrests are due to be made in the coming days in relation to the incident.
If you have any information which could help police with their investigation you can call 101 quoting IML 555403.
Alternatively you can report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
New temporary accommodation unsuitable claims family
Following the flooding they were moved to temporary accommodation elsewhere in Warrington - which the family claim is unsuitable.
They claim that the property is riddled with damp, is incredibly cold and is not adapted to meet their disabled son's needs.
Tom said: "The house is freezing cold - sometimes we’re sleeping with jackets on."
The family claim they even had to rip up the flooring from the flooded home and put it in their temporary accommodation so Remy was able to safely get around on the floor.
Torus Housing response
In relation to the family's claims about their current housing situation, a spokesperson for Torus told CheshireLive: "Following the damage to their home, the family was quickly moved to a different property.
"This was a temporary move and we are working closely with them to identify a suitable property that meets their needs.
"However, accommodation in Warrington is in high demand and finding a suitable home may take some time.
"Criminal investigations regarding the break-in at the family home are underway and we are providing the police with our fullest cooperation.
"We appreciate how upsetting this has been for the family and are supporting them intensively during this difficult time."